With the spring semester getting underway, now is a great time to consider different ways to get feedback from students on your teaching and their learning. Gathering feedback and evidence of learning is an ideal way to improve class designs and find creative ways to keep students engaged in the course material. However, sometimes it can be tedious to go through the process of setting up surveys, etc. without guidance. CNDLS helps professors facilitate these activities and incorporate the results into their course’s structure.
CNDLS offers ways for professors to set up end-of-course surveys so that students can share their experiences during the class and give professors a holistic look at how the semester went. CNDLS’ Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback Sessions are also useful since they allow students to answer questions about their participation in the course while the course is still going on. This is a way for professors to get immediate feedback and make changes in the same semester.
But you don’t have to wait until the semester is in full swing to start assessing student experiences! There are ways to get student feedback even in the first few weeks of the semester. CNDLS can set up Prior Knowledge Surveys, where students are asked to explain their pre-existing knowledge on a given topic. This kind of survey can be especially useful when a class is just starting, so that professors understand how to best shape the flow of the course overall.