Mid-course assessment process
The Center offers a service by which faculty can receive feedback about their students’ perceptions of a course during the term—in time to make adaptations if they are called for. This Midterm Assessment Process (MAP) differs from the standard end-of-course teaching evaluation process in several ways, and we believe it offers teachers important information about how their teaching affects student learning.
The MAP involves a consultant from the Center visiting a class while the professor is out of the room. In groups of 3-5, students respond to and discuss three questions:
- What do you like most about this course and/or the instructor’s teaching of it?
- What do you like least about the course and/or the instructor’s teaching of it?
- What suggestions can you offer to make this course a better learning experience?
Note: These questions can be altered at the request of the instructor.
The groups discuss the questions for about 20 minutes, with a designated recorder summarizing the group’s responses, ensuring that the summaries represent the views of the entire group. The consultant then collects all response sheets, thanks the class for their participation, and leaves the room. As soon as possible after the session, the consultant meets with the instructor to discuss the results, which the consultant has synthesized into a report. If the instructor wishes, he or she can have a follow-up discussion with the class about the process. Results of the MAP are completely confidential; i.e., they are not seen by anyone except the faculty member and the consultant.
The primary benefit of a MAP is that it gives teachers information about their students’ perceptions of the course, with particular emphasis on what helps them learn. The feedback about the various features of the course is given in time for an instructor to make adjustments, if deemed necessary. A secondary effect is that students are given a strong message that the instructor cares about how they are doing in the course.
A MAP can be scheduled between weeks four and ten of the semester. If you would like to participate, please call the Center (2-0233). Our capacity to administer MAPs is limited, so we schedule them on a first come first served basis.