MID-SEMESTER INTERVIEW ABOUT TEACHING (MIT)
The MIT is a mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors useful feedback from their students about their learning in a course. This new FTLC service involves a member of our staff visiting a class, interviewing students, and reporting back to the instructor. Conducted during the 4th to 9th week of the semester, the MIT takes 30 minutes of class time wherein a consultant guides a three-step feedback process. First, students are asked to respond individually to two questions:
- What are the major strengths of this course? What is helping you learn?
- What changes would you make in this course to assist you in learning?
Small groups of students share their answers and write their responses on the board. The consultant then facilitates a class discussion, seeking clarification and consensus. After the MIT, the consultant meets with the instructor to discuss the feedback. Sometimes referred to as a Small Group Instructional Diagnosis, this process provides timely formative feedback to the instructor and engages students in reflecting on their own learning.
A sampling of research studies addressing the effectiveness of this technique:
Diamond, M. R. 2004. The usefulness of structured mid-term feedback as a catalyst for change in higher education classes. Active Learning in Higher Education, 5: 217.
Abbott, R. D., et al. 1990. Satisfaction with process of collecting student opinions about instruction: the student perspective. Journal of Educational Psychology, 82: 201.
Finelli, C. J., et al. 2008. Utilizing instructional consultations to enhance the teaching performance of engineering faculty. Journal of Engineering Education, 97 (4): 397.
Requests accomodated based on consultant availability and on a first-come, first served basis.
To request a MIT, please complete the request form.
Suggested Request Deadlines
Fall 2013: Wednesday, September 25
If you would like to administer a mid-semester survey through Blackboard, visit this site for sample questions and downloadable survey module.
For an overview of ways in which you can collect informal feedback from students - at mid-semester or any other time - view this handout (PDF) from one of our workshops, "Informal Feedback at Mid-Semester."
For another way to gather mid-semester feedback, download this Word document from Seattle University's Center for Excellence in Teaching. The check-off format makes it easy for your students to provide specific feedback and the document can easily be modified to suit your particular class.
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