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Mid-Semester Feedback

CELT offers a mid-semester course feedback service that can provide you with instructional information at a time in the academic calendar that allows you to make mid-semester course adjustments if you wish. This feedback can be based on a classroom observation, a discussion with your students or both. A pre-visit meeting is scheduled with you to discuss what information would be most useful and a post-visit meeting is arranged to provide and discuss the feedback and what actions the instructor might want to consider.

This service is provided at the request of the instructor and the feedback is shared only with the instructor. You can then use the information and share it as you see fit. Information about the feedback is provided below.

To submit a request, click here.


Classroom Observation Plus Student Feedback

At your request, we can schedule a classroom visit to observe you teach and then conduct a student feedback session (see specifics below). You would conduct class for a portion of the period and then leave so that we can talk with the students. At a pre-visit consultation, we will discuss with you how you think the course is going, what you will be covering on the day of the visit and what you want your students to leave with that day. We have our own set of items to observe such as delivery of content, engagement of the students, quality of visual aids and other classroom variables, but we will ask what specific items, if any, you want us to pay particular attention to during the observation. Following the classroom visit, we will schedule a consultation to report what we observed and discuss what actions, if any, you might want to consider taking.


Student Feedback Only

At your request, we can schedule a classroom visit to speak with your students. We would need at least 20 - 30 minutes to gather the feedback. At a pre-visit consultation, we will discuss with you how you think the course is going and what specific questions, if any, you would like us to pose to the students should they not raise those issues themselves. Our feedback method, a Group Instructional Feedback Technique or GIFT, works as follows. Students are asked two open-ended questions - 1) What helps you learn in this course? and 2) What makes learning difficult and what suggestions do you have for changes? The items reported can pertain to any aspect of the course and not only the instructor. Students propose items to put on the lists and the items are recorded on a white board or some other means of display. We ask the students to elaborate or give examples when necessary. Following the list construction, the students are asked to vote on each item so that the instructor gets a sense of the class consensus on the issues. Instructor questions are then discussed. The feedback is discussed at a post-visit meeting and a report is given to the instructor. We strongly suggest that the instructor briefly discusses the feedback activity with the students thanking them for the input and addressing, at least for a few of the more outstanding items, what will or will not be changed and why. Instructors need to use the feedback to enhance the learning environment Students appreciate the opportunity to provide feedback and instructors find the the information to be very helpful.


End-of-Semester Evaluations

CELT personnel are not involved in the end-of-semester evaluation process, but we can consult with you about the results and meaning of those evaluations and what actions might be taken based on the feedback.

Contact a member of the CELT staff to schedule a meeting.

Testimonials

"I started teaching full-time at University of Kentucky as a lecturer in August 2005. Like most young new instructors I had little teaching experience. After a roller coaster first semester I decided to do a formative mid-term evaluation. Educational developers observed me teaching, talked to my students and then met with me to provide detailed feedback. From helping me create effective syllabi to developing engaging student class activities, they have tremendously helped me become a better teacher. The consultations with the educational development staff led me to use innovative and active learning strategies in my class. The mid-term evaluation and consultation is a must for any new instructor and a good way to reflect on teaching strategies even for a seasoned one!"

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