As we approach the middle of the semester, fall is in the air (well, at least it was last weekend). Perfect timing, of course, for a mid-semester evaluation in your courses.
ProfHacker offers some sample mid-semester evaluation questions. Whether you use their general questions or tailor things more toward your course content, format, technology use, etc., the basic benefit remains: mid-semester course evaluations give you the opportunity to address / explain / fix things for your current students while you still can. SPOTs are helpful, certainly, for thinking about how you’ll work with the next group of students – but since they come at the end of the semester, they are generally less beneficial for the individual students themselves. The mid-semester evaluation is an opportunity for your present group of students to have some agency in the structure of their own learning experiences. Do they know they can make an appointment with you if they have class during office hours? Do you need to define new terms more frequently? Do they like your use of cartoons? Good to know!
If you’re sold on the idea, but would like to read a little more about mid-semester evaluations before you give it a try, you may find our earlier post on mid-semester course evaluations helpful. Also, the Koehler Center’s Take Your Course Shell to the Next Level series has addressed Making the Most of Mid-Semester Evaluations. In addition to providing a sample Google Forms Mid-Semester survey template, that article also suggests the option of using an online survey site, such as Zoomerang or SurveyMonkey. You can still use those survey generators, but note that TCU has recently partnered with the survey research firm Qualtrics to provide an integrated survey tool accessible to faculty and staff through my.tcu (select Main Menu > Qualtrics).