With a rapidly changing educational environment, it’s more important than ever for faculty to check in with our students during the course to see how it’s going—what’s working well and what needs adjustment. Rather than waiting for end-of-semester evaluations, consider collecting feedback in the middle of the semester, when there’s still time to make changes. There are multiple ways to gather feedback, and CNDLS is happy to be a part of your process:
- Self-Assessment: There are many methods to collect student feedback yourself, ranging from brief Classroom Assessment Techniques to surveys administered through Qualtrics, Google Forms, Canvas Quizzes (ungraded and anonymous), or SurveyMonkey. Check out our brief guide to survey design for ideas on how to get started, or reach out to us at email@example.com for a consultation.
- CNDLS-Administered Survey: If you would like to emphasize student anonymity in the feedback process, we can work with you to design a survey that we would then administer. CNDLS would collect the data, remove any indicators of student identity, and meet with you—and possibly with your class as a whole, if you would like—to share and discuss the results, and how you might respond.
- Live, Virtual Feedback Session Facilitated by CNDLS: This approach is a virtual version of the Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback service that CNDLS offers during face-to-face semesters. We meet with the faculty member via Zoom to get a sense of the class and to generate the most relevant questions to ask the students. Then we meet with the students via Zoom during class time, in the professor’s absence, and put them into small groups to answer those questions. Finally, we meet with the faculty member again via Zoom to share a summary of that student feedback and to talk through ideas for how to adjust the course going forward. Because of other demands on CNDLS staff, we’re only able to offer this service to a limited number of faculty this semester. If you’d like to schedule this, please fill out this form.
Whether you’re thinking about gathering student feedback yourself or using another method in consultation or partnership with CNDLS, it’s always helpful to stay in communication with your students about why you’re collecting the feedback and how it will work. Then, once you have the feedback, it’s important to let them know what you’ve heard from them, and what you’re going to do with the information—which things you’ll be able to change right away, which things may have to wait for another semester, and which things really can’t change (in which case it’s crucial to explain why). Whatever method you choose, we’re happy to help. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.