Providing students with a chance to voice their experience in your course at the mid-semester can deepen students' investment and engagement. (Students do not have to save up their issues to share in the end of semester course evaluation. Minor issues, with no avenue for venting, can become unduly magnified.) Typically a mid-semester evaluation is distributed in class, requesting no names. Reporting back to students what was learned and what changes you will make and why should happen in the next class period. This practice has shown to be instructive for the entire class as students get to know the variability in perspective and why you think this practice contributes to their learning.
Mid-Semester Evaluation Resources
Mid-semester sample templates are provided below. Feel free to adapt a template, or simply ask students to write on a sheet of paper answers to a couple of questions you have for them.
- MHC template 1 (organized by topic)
- MHC template 2 (organized by what is working well and not working as well)
- Harvard template
- Berkeley template