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Feb 9 / otl

Mid-semester Assessment – A Student-Centered Formative Assessment

Would you like to get timely feedback from your students regarding their perception of what is going well and what could be changed or improved while the course is in progress? Whether you are teaching for the very first time, teaching a new course, testing out new teaching and learning strategies, or using CANVAS – Wayne State University’s (WSU) new Learning Management System, for the first time, timely student feedback can help you make small adjustments to the course to better meet the needs of your students.

The Mid-semester Assessment Program (MAP) run by the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) allows you to receive students’ voluntary and confidential feedback in your traditional, hybrid, or online course. During the Winter 2018 semester, MAPs will be conducted from Monday, February 12th, until Friday, March 9th.

How does the MAP work?

  1. After you fill out the registration form an OTL consultant will reach out to you to review your goals and answer any questions you may have.
  2. The next step is the data collection. Students are asked to answer two questions: “What is going well regarding their learning in the class?” and “What suggestions might the students have to improve their learning in the course or to improve the instructor’s teaching of the course?”
    1. For traditional courses with 70 or fewer students, an OTL consultant will visit the class to collect students’ feedback.
    2. For traditional courses with more than 70 students or those offered online or at satellite campuses, students’ feedback will be collected anonymously through an online survey. An OTL consultant will provide the survey link for you to distribute to the students.
  3. Within a week after the data has been collected, you will have a follow-up meeting with your OTL consultant to review students’ aggregated feedback, discuss key themes, and identify one or two helpful instructional strategies and resources that you can implement in your course.

What do WSU instructors think about the MAP?

“The MAP is a unique opportunity to listen what the students think about the course, but feel uncomfortable to say directly to the professor.” Wayne State Instructor

“Having MAPs to help figure out what was working or not within a semester was very useful when I first began teaching as a primary instructor. It took me a couple of years to learn how to teach, and that feedback was invaluable.” Wayne State Graduate Teaching Assistant

MAP registration is now open. Have you registered for your MAP this semester?