Mid-term evaluations provide instructors with the opportunity to evaluate their teaching style and gather feedback on the curriculum while the material is still fresh in students’ minds. Instructors are then able to make improvements based on the feedback they receive. After all, using student input to inform how to change up course material (or how it’s delivered) may lead to an increase in student engagement and learning. Additionally, mid-term evaluations allow students agency, which makes them feel more comfortable sharing their opinions and critiques on the course and the instructor.
Administering mid-term evaluations for your course is the first step to incorporating student feedback into your curricular design. However, it is important to share the evaluation feedback with your students to create an open dialogue and increase their engagement with the evaluation process. Devote class time to go over the feedback you received, noting important trends in answers, and let your students know how you are going to address their concerns. While you are not expected to implement all the suggestions provided, pick a few areas where you will be able to adjust the curriculum or your teaching approach. Perhaps you can allow more time for group discussions or add a short reading, whatever changes you make that incorporate the students feedback will make them feel heard and that their opinions are valued.
Instructors who administer mid-term evaluations must be open to change. In instances where student feedback reveals that your teaching style is ineffective, instructors should take this as a learning opportunity and find the additional training needed to try a different approach. More longer-term changes will not be resolved by the end of the semester, but any effort will surely be noticed.