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 for Course Feedback (link opens a webform)

Midterm Reflection Document (save to your local computer)

If you want to take a simpler approach, you might consider the “Start-Stop-Continue” method, in which you ask students to write just three sentences: one sentence describing something they’d like to start doing in the course; one sentence describing something they’d like to stop doing in the course; and one describing something they’d like to continue doing in the course.

Soliciting mid-semester feedback can take as little as five minutes of student time and reap so many benefits, including improving student-teacher relationships and encouraging student introspection about their own roles in the learning process.

For more about the benefits of mid-semester feedback, here are some reference articles that you may also want to peruse:

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.