Pausing for a Midterm Reflection with your students some suggestions and templates for you
October 18, 2019
During the mid-semester crunch I often find myself busy with “keeping up” with grading and also thinking about the courses that I will teach next semester. However, it’s not too late to consider making small changes to my current courses, and one good way of doing that is to administer a mid-semester evaluation. There are a few different ways to administer a survey like this in a course, the easiest being through GoogleDocs, but it can also be done through Blackboard or through a survey tool such as Qualtrics. We have instructions for setting up surveys using various Chapman-licensed software, such as Blackboard and Qualtrics.
For the questions that you may want to consider asking on your evaluation, here are two samples with open-ended course evaluation questions that you can adapt for your own needs:
Sample GoogleForm (please make a copy to use for yourself)
Midterm Reflection Document (save to your local computer)
And here are some reference articles that you may also want to peruse, on this topic:
Parrish, G. (2016, Oct. 31). Transforming midterm evaluations into a metacognitive pause. Faculty Focus, Magna Publications.
Shadiow, L., & Weimer, M. (2015, Nov. 23). A New Twist on End-of-Semester Evaluations. Faculty Focus. Magna Publications.
As you are considering how you might make some small changes in your teaching this semester, I suggest that you watch this 3.5 minute talk from José Antonio Bowen about student thinking:
If, after watching, you find that you would like to hear more of Dr. Bowen’s ideas about teaching, I will give away copies of his book Teaching Naked to the first three Chapman instructors who send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining why they would like to know how their students “feel about water” (note: this prompt will make sense after you watch the video).
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