Mid-Semester Student Feedback

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The Mid-Semester Interview about Teaching, or 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 MIT is best utilized by new faculty and faculty exploring a specific innovation or innovative approach to their teaching.  The MIT is not a substitute for peer observations. 

MITs are limited to one per semester for each faculty member.  Requests accommodated based on consultant availability and on a first-come, first served basis.

To request a MIT,  please complete the request form.

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.

Suggested Request Deadline

Fall 2017: Friday, October 6

Winter 2018: Friday, February 16

MIT Period: Week 4 through 9 of each semester

Fall 2017: September 18- October 27

Winter 2018: February 2 - March 9

Page last modified September 18, 2017