Overview

A mid-course feedback survey is a valuable tool to gather information from students that instructors can use to make appropriate changes to their courses when applicable. The following question bank provides a wide variety of questions related to students’ perceptions of how the course is going in general as well as in terms of diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility. 

Instructors who wish to implement any or all of these questions can use the Google Forms template below. Detailed step-by-step instructions for using the template, including adding or modifying the questions to best suit individual courses, can be found below.

Sample Questions

General Open-Ended Questions

  • What is going well in class for you?
  • What is not going well in class for you?
  • What should we continue?
  • What should we start?
  • What should we stop?

General Statements

Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements. [Likert scale: strongly agree – strongly disagree]

  • I understand what is expected of me in this course.
  • I am able to practice the skills that I will be assessed on during class. 
  • The instructor encouraged me to do my best work. 
  • The assessments/assignments reflected what was covered in the course.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Accessibility

Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements. [Likert scale: strongly agree-strongly disagree]

Classroom environment

  • I feel included in the class.
  • I feel comfortable participating in class. 
  • I feel comfortable asking questions in class when I do not understand something. 
  • I have been able to make connections with other students in this class.
  • I am able to practice [the content, skills, knowledge] that I will be assessed on during class. 

Course materials and assignments

  • The course topics include diverse perspectives.
  • The course materials are presented in a variety of formats (e.g. audio, written, etc.).
  • There are a variety of course assignments that highlight different skills and abilities. 
  • The course materials are presented in an accessible format. 
  • The course assessments are delivered in an accessible format. 
  • I am able to access the course materials in advance (e.g. via Moodle or different platform).

Instructor-oriented

  • The instructor created a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • I feel comfortable having a private conversation with the professor to discuss class-related concerns outside of class (e.g. via email, in person, or during an online meeting).
  • The instructor demonstrates respect for individual differences (e.g. disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation).
  • The instructor relates to students in ways that promote mutual respect.
  • The instructor demonstrated sensitivity to students’ needs and diverse life experiences.

Student-oriented

  • I feel included when working in groups with other students.
  • I feel comfortable sharing my ideas and knowledge in class.
  • I am keeping up with the pace of the course.
  • I am keeping up with the material being taught in this course. 
  • I am learning to value different viewpoints in this course.

Open-ended questions

  • What does an inclusive classroom look and feel like to you?
  • What challenges, if any, have you faced with feeling included in this class?
    • What could your instructor start or stop doing to best help with these challenges? 
  • What could your instructor, start, continue, or stop to foster a more inclusive classroom environment? 
  • What suggestions do you have for improving this course and/or the instructor’s teaching of it? 
  • What other challenges, if any, have you faced with feeling included in this class? 
    • What suggestions do you have for improving this course and/or the instructor’s teaching of it? 

Mid-Course Feedback Survey Google Forms Template

Preview template here.

Instructions to Create A Google Form Using the Mid-Course Feedback Survey Template

  1. Go to drive.google.com
  2. Select the +New button
  3. Go to More > Google Forms > From a template
  4. In the Template Gallery, select the “Lafayette College” tab
  5. Select “Template for Mid-Course Feedback Survey”
  6. Update the form to match your course information
  7. Add or change questions using the instructions from the Google Support site
  8. Send the link to your students either through email or embedded in the Moodle course site. Purple Send button> chain link icon> copy the link

Sources

Best Practices in Reducing Bias in Student Evaluations of Teaching. Hanover Research.

Center for Teaching and Learning (n.d.). University of Massachusetts Amherst. Forward Focus Assessment.

Center for Teaching and Learning (n.d). University of Pennsylvania. Course Feedback for Instructors. Question Bank.

Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment (2020, August). Syracuse University. Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment EvaluationKIT Question Bank.

Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (n.d). Macalester College. Mid-semester instructor Interviews.

Student Learning Assessment (n.d.). University of Wisconsin-Madison. Best Practices and Sample Questions for Course Evaluation Surveys

Teaching and Learning Services (2018, September). McGill University. Course Evaluation Question Bank.