It’s hard to believe we’ve already reached the mid-point of our fall semester. The mid-point of any course is a great opportunity to pause and check-in with students on their experience thus far as well as for faculty to reflect on their teaching practices and make adjustments that can further promote student success.
If you’ve not yet taken the chance to reflect on what’s working well and what can be improved in your course(s), let me encourage you to do so at this mid-term time of the semester. I’ve found this to be a refreshing exercise for myself in my teaching as well as can help guide my students in reflecting on their own journey, settings goals for continued success, and providing helpful feedback that can be incorporated into teaching practices for the remainder of the semester.
Student Questions for Reflection and Discussion
The following sample questions for reflection and discussion could be developed into a survey form or perhaps ask student to post in a reflection journal in Blackboard:
- How has the class met your hopes, dreams, and expectations?
- What kinds of efforts have you made that have helped you have a positive experience in this course?
- What might you want to try next to enhance your learning in this course?
- What are some of the key learnings you’ve gained from the course?
- What connections with classmates have been significant for you?
- How has this knowledge changed your understanding of the world and yourself?
- In what ways can you apply the knowledge you’ve gained to the compelling issues of our day?
- What steps will you continue taking to ensure your success in this course?
- What adjustments would you suggest your instructor make for the remainder of this course?
Faculty Questions for Reflection
These questions are among those that you can reflect upon yourself to identify areas of strength as well as opportunities for adjustments in your teaching practices:
- What types of learning community have you helped created in your course?
- What steps have you intentionally taken to develop an inclusive teaching and learning environment?
- How well are you connecting the material to your students’ personal and professional experiences?
- Are your students gaining a greater appreciation of how your discipline explores the compelling issues of the day?
- Are your students acquiring the skills to engage in constructive dialogue about the many challenges our world is facing?
As you seek to gain mid-term feedback from your students, if you have any questions about how to setup a survey or journal activity for your students in Blackboard or need additional assistance or support with any aspect of your teaching, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) team at 815-753-0595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy your day,