New Faculty Orientation Student Panel

Midcourse Evaluations Process Recommendations for Instructors

Below are key points that should be considered in administering midcourse evaluations to ensure credibility, integrity, and instructional improvement, according to best practices gleaned from literature reviews:

  1. Course evaluations are encouraged to be administered near the midpoint of the term (e.g., seventh week for a full semester class) but can be distributed multiple times throughout the semester for more frequent feedback. It is helpful to match the timing of the evaluation with the purpose for giving the evaluation.
  2. Each evaluation process has advantages and shortcomings. The selection of a method should match the instructors' teaching approach, classroom, and who they would prefer have access to the data and summary.
  3. It is recommended that instructors should not administer their own evaluations; however, there are tools available if the instructor prefers to administer their own.
  4. Evaluation results should be discussed with the class and improvements in the course made if necessary. The principle purpose of the method is short cycle for continuous improvement.
  5. Independent studies, research, field experience courses and courses with low enrollment can also have midcourse feedback processes that are sensitive to the enrollment and experiential nature of the course.
  6. In team-taught courses, the same method of evaluation should be administered uniformly in each subsection of a course as taught by secondary instructors, to ensure uniform effectiveness in course delivery.