Date Released: 18 February 2016
Halfway into the semester is a good time to take stock of how your course is going. First of all, you have had enough time to get a sense of what your students are like and they have got a sense of you. But more importantly, it still leaves you with time to make the kinds of crucial course corrections that can improve the experience for all involved. These corrections can be in the way you present the content as well as what kind of classroom climate has been created.
Getting feedback at this stage can far more valuable to you and the students than the standard evaluation surveys done at the end of the semester.
In order to make meaningful changes and improvements, you need useful information. What do your students think about the course and you? What would they like to see you doing more of? Less of? And what can you realistically do in the time remaining to make the course better?
At the next session we will provide some guidelines on what kinds of feedback questions are meaningful to ask at this stage of the course, the methods by which one can gain that information from your students (both electronically and on paper), and the kinds of changes that are reasonable to make as well as those that should be avoided.
Join us for this discussion on Thursday, February 18th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).
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