Mid-semester Evaluations

Steven Volk, October 7, 2013

Mid-semester evaluations are not required by college (or departmental, as far as I know) policy. But, precisely because they are formative in nature and tucked into an on-going course, they are a valuable way to make small changes to your course that can improve student learning and focus your teaching efforts. To be frank, measuring student learning (assessment) is still a work in progress although significant research is suggesting significant approaches. But I am sure that there are a number of things we do that actually get in the way of student learning … and the mid-semester evaluation is a fine tool to help you figure out if you should stop an approach that is proving problematic or change your game plan to encourage learning. Continue reading