Reminding students that you are partners in the teaching and learning process means inviting them to give you feedback about what is working. In our current situation, this is especially important. As caring educators, student success is your highest priority. As experts in your field, you provide access to essential information and development opportunities. As teachers, you provide learning experiences that motivate and inspire personal and professional growth. Here are a few ways to determine if your pedagogy is producing the results you desire.
Student Feedback During a Remote Class Meeting or Module
CATs are Classroom Assessment Techniques.* They are quick activities that help educators gauge students’ knowledge, skills and attitude development. They can also be used to get immediate feedback from students about the instructional materials, methods, and instructor. The most popular CATs for soliciting student feedback during a class period are the following:
- “Muddiest Point” – ask students what was the most confusing part of the lecture, the reading, presentation the instructions and/or the discussion? Or what is unclear about the community norms expectations?
- Word Journal – you write 2-3 words pertaining to the content or delivery and ask students to write a short paragraph for each word
- Annotated portfolios – ask students to provide 1-2 artifacts from the day and comment on their understanding, development, or challenges and what they and the professor did or could do to support success.
Student Feedback after the First Week of Remote Instruction
You can show students that you care about them and their learning by obtaining feedback from them early in the process. These questions would make excellent survey questions or prompts for students’ first remote office hours
- How are you adjusting to the process and the schedule; and what do you still need?
- What is one goal you have for the remainder of this class? And What can I do to help you meet your goal?
- Are you experiencing any challenges?
Student Feedback about the Teaching and Learning Experience Spring 2020
In place of the Diagnostic form (40 IDEA items plus 16 institutional items) of the IDEA student ratings of instruction, we will use the Learning Essentials form (18 IDEA items plus 1 institutional item) for all on-campus undergraduate classes this semester (Spring 2020 only), a decision made in consultation with the Faculty Senate Evaluation Committee. Since the Learning Essentials form focuses on learning outcomes, faculty may want to ask students to provide feedback about the instruction. This type of survey provides student feedback that can be used as evidence of faculty development and teaching excellence for end of year reflection or evaluation. The following are some excellent questions to ask students (provided by Duane Dunston):
- What is working/not working?
- Has there been an activity or assignment that worked well for you and why?
- Please provide an example of an activity or assignment or method of delivery that is not working well and explain how we might improve it.
- Is the schedule and pace manageable? Explain
- Do you feel comfortable asking questions and meeting for office hours?
- Is there anything hindering you from full participation or feeling safe in the online environment and/our community?
- (Specific content or process questions here)
- What else would you like for me to know?
You may want to put feedback questions in a Google Form and send the survey to the students. Google Forms allows you to send the survey from the creation site. In addition we recommend that you make an announcement in Canvas and include instructions, the link and a deadline. Some faculty consider substantial feedback participation. They make the survey an assignment. You have the option to make it an assignment worth 0 points if you want it in the gradebook, but you do not want it to affect students’ grades. For a helpful video on how to create a Google forms click here. Here is a helpful checklist for you as you build your survey.
The CLT provides customizable CLT Student Feedback google forms for Weeks 1-2 and Student Feedback Spring 2020 (you will be prompted to copy the forms, which will allow you to make edits). If you have questions or would like to talk more about how to solicit and use feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Rebecca Mills directly at email@example.com.
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