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How a Mid-Term Feedback Session Works
CELT’s mid-term feedback program provides faculty with student feedback to allow them to make timely adjustments in courses during the semester. Through this voluntary program CELT staff visit classes and, using a research-based protocol, survey the class to elicit feedback. The questions elicit feedback on activities that promote learning, what can be done to enhance learning, and how students themselves can contribute to the class learning environment. Final reports are prepared for each class based on the information collected. A CELT staff member then meets with faculty to go over the report to present findings and discuss strategies to improve teaching. To see how mid-term feedback works, see the videos below.
(Note: For the videos above, CELT has obtained permission from both the professor and students in all of the recordings. These videos only serve as an example of the mid-term feedback process. All Mid-Term Feedback Sessions and follow-ups conducted by the CELT center are completely confidential.)
A CELT colleague meets with the students for about 30 minutes with the faculty member out of the room. Students form small groups and discuss 3 questions:
1. What aspects of this course enhance your learning?
2. What aspects of this course could be improved?
3. What could you (as a student) do to make the course better for your classmates and the teacher?
CELT staff members correlate the information and produce an anonymous and confidential report for the faculty member (see sample report). CELT staff share the report during a face-to-face meeting with the faculty member to discuss the results and brainstorm ideas for any changes.