Start, Stop, Continue
Another quick way to assess how things are going in the class is called Start, Stop, Continue.
For each of the following, write ONE idea on:
1. Start, what you feel I should start doing to better assist your learning in this class,
2. Stop doing because it does not contribute to your learning or the general learning environment,
3. Continue doing because it creates a good class atmosphere and learning environment and you would regret losing it.
Whatever method you choose to gather the midpoint feedback from your students, it is a worthwhile activity, communicating your commitment to student success and teaching development. Student feedback is officially gathered at the conclusion of a course, but those results are not given in a timely manner so that you can deal with results prior to that course ending.
Depending on your objectives for obtaining the feedback, you may wish to gather it from individuals or allow students to answer the questions individually and then gather in a small group and only send forward the comments that are common. In this way, students may learn that they are the only ones that have a particular opinion or they will learn that other students are experiencing the same as they are. If you do group the students it should shorten your reading, but also indicate which concerns and strengths are common.
Other ways of gathering feedback about student success is through early assessments and encouraging student use of your office hours if they have concerns. Some instructors also offer online discussions for the students on assignments or projects and instructors can review them to search for any common misunderstandings or mistakes.
Midpoint feedback is encouraged for all courses, but especially if you are teaching a large class where you are not able to connect with each student every class time.