Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT?

Mid-Course Feedback (MCF) is an initiative of NTID Academic Affairs to provide tools for classroom instructors to solicit useful feedback from their students mid-way through the term. The primary tool is an online survey administered to students through myCourses. The SRATE MCF includes five Likert agreement-scale items, each paired with an optional comment box for students to explain their answers regarding these topics:

  • Communication between instructor and student
  • Communication among students
  • Materials
  • Difficulty level and pace
  • Homework and projects

The Qualtrics Survey contains additional questions and opportunities to comment. Two comment boxes allow students to indicate what is “best” and “worst” about the course.

MCF is optional, flexible and brief. Instructors can use the SRATE or Qualtrics survey, or they can create their own paper surveys using MCF questions on their own.

WHY?

Mid-Course Feedback benefits both students and instructors.

Students gain because they feel they have some voice, some way to indicate a need for change before it’s too late. Many students indicated in a 2009 attitudes survey about the former course evaluations that they didn’t feel their ratings made any difference for themselves, and they couldn't see any changes over time across the term.

Instructors gain because they have an opportunity to improve their effectiveness (student learning) and student satisfaction in a timely way. A clear majority of instructors indicated in a 2011 survey that they were interested in soliciting and using mid-course student feedback. The MCF is an effort to facilitate that feedback.

Keeps private conversation going between the instructor and the students.
The MCF is not shared with anyone else, unless the instructor chooses to do so. It is not part of any formal evaluation process.

WHO?

Classroom instructors from any academic program can use the MCF. 

WHEN?

Suggested timeline for activities during Weeks 5 through 7 of a 14-week semester-based term:

  • Weeks 4-5: Instructor uploads survey into myCourses (OPTIONAL open lab session and 1:1 sessions offered by the SRS Advisory Group to provide assistance).
  • Week 5: If Qualtrics is used,Instructor imports survey to their site.
  • Week 6: Instructor administers MCF survey to students. Students complete MCF through SRATE or Qualtrics.
  • Week 7: Instructor summarizes the results and insights for the class, considers how to respond to the feedback, and makes a reasonable plan with the students.
  • Week 8: Instructor follows up briefly with students in class to see how the plan is working.
Mid-Course Feedback

MCF Links

SRS Advisory Group

  • Kim Kurz, Coordinator
  • Marianne Gustafson, Consultant
  • Karen Beiter
  • Ernest Roszkowski
  • Rich Dirmyer
  • Vicki Liggera
  • Jen Verbakel
  • Tom Weymann
  • Matthew Dye