Quick Guide for Midcourse Evaluations

Advantages of Midcourse Evaluations

  1. In contrast to end-of-course evaluations, the feedback can be used to make changes during the current course.
  2. The students report feeling empowered to help craft their educational experience. 
  3. Questions can be tailored to highlight the specific characteristics of the course, rather than global measures of teaching effectiveness from the end-of-course evaluation. 
  4. The instructor can solicit formative feedback that does not have to be shared with the university administration. 
  5. The midterm feedback can provide insights about course characteristics most pertinent to the instructor

 

Popular Methods for Midcourse Evaluation

Table comparing midterm methods
SGID Stop, Start, Continue SALG Survey
Content Focus Tends to be general Tends to be general Targets specific course features Can be general or specific
Format of evaluation Collected by facilitator Usually paper/pencil, but can be don electronically (search "Miami Midcourse Evaluation CTE & eLearning" in Canvas Commons) Electronically via salgsite.org Electronically via preferred tool: Canvas, Qualtrics, Google Doc
Time investment 30 minutes in class; 1-2 hours total w/facilitator Fast prep/fast collection/more time-consuming analysis Time-consuming prep first time/faster analysis Time-consuming prep first time/analysis time depends on questions
Evaluation delivery Delivered via Qualtrics by facilitator in class Delivered by instructor in or out of class (usually in) Delivered by instructor in or out of class Delivered by instructor in or out of class
Resource List of Example Midcourse Evaluation Tools Scroll to "SGID" List of Example Midcourse Evaluation Tools Scroll to "Bare Bones" List of Example Midcourse Evaluation Tools Scroll to "SALG" and/or visit salgsite.org Feedback Question Bank available for question options. Choose best questions.

 The Midcourse Evaluation White Paper is available for review.