Getting Timely Feedback on Your Teaching

Learn how to get feedback you can use to improve your teaching before the end of the semester.   

Get feedback from your students halfway through the semester.

 Solicit feedback on a single class session.

At the end of a class, ask your students to take a moment to respond to a question such as “What is one important thing you learned from today’s class?” or “What is one question you still have about the content of today’s class?” 

Explore other ways to solicit student feedback during class.

Solicit feedback on an assignment or activity. 

Ask your students to write down how a particular assignment or activity helped them learn and to suggest how this assignment or activity might be improved.

Distribute a mid-semester feedback form.  

Ask your students for feedback on how well various aspects of the course are facilitating their learning and solicit their suggestions for ways to improve the course.

Learn more about mid-semester feedback.

Ask your TA(s) for suggestions. 

 Your TA(s) might be able to provide you with ideas about how to improve the syllabus, lectures, or assignments and assessments. 

Discuss your course with a colleague.

You might share a copy of your syllabus, discuss particular learning activities, review the assignments and assessments for your course, or discuss pedagogical challenges you are facing. 

Ask a colleague to sit in on your course.

Before the class, provide your colleague with a copy of the syllabus for the course and let him/her know what you want students to learn during that particular class session and if there are particular areas on which you would like his/her feedback. 

Request a free, confidential consultation from the Sheridan Center 

Teaching Observation

A Teaching Observation allows you to reflect on and get feedback from the Center’s trained consultants on the student learning experience in your course and on your teaching methods and style.  It also provides you with an opportunity to ask for feedback on particular aspects of your teaching.  Learn more about Teaching Observations or request an observation.

Course Consultation

A Course Consultation enables you to meet individually with one of the Center’s senior staff to discuss designing, implementing and/or revising a course or to review selected aspects of a course.  Learn more about Course Consultations or request a consultation.

NB: The suggestions above are aimed at soliciting feedback to help you improve during the semester.  You may also wish to consider supplementing the end-of-semester course evaluation with a questionnaire that elicits feedback that would help you improve the course in its next iteration.  For example, you might solicit feedback on the readings and assignments in order to learn more about how students felt these aspects of the course supported their learning.