Closed-ended Questions

There are several advantages for using closed-ended questions for mid-semester course feedback, especially for large-enrollment classes.  The biggest advantage is they give you quantitative feedback, so that you can clearly see what is and is not working well.  When issues are identified, this method provides neither details nor suggestions for fixing the problem.  For this reason, we recommend including at least one open-ended question, especially for large-enrollment courses. 

Below is a bank of questions that you can choose from to create your own feedback form to meet your needs.  The statements are rated along the 5-point Likert scale (1-Strongly Disagree, 2-Disagree, 3-neither agree or disagree, 4-Agree, 5-Strongly Agree).  These questions were developed in 2012 during a Mid-semester Course Feedback design workshop with UT faculty.

 
Students:
  • I prepare for class meetings.
  • I actively participate in class.
  • I am developing the skills I need in this class.
  • I understand the material in this class.
  • I can apply what I learn to new situations.
  • I feel comfortable sharing my ideas in this class.
  • I freely ask questions during class.
 
Instructor:
  • The instructor is approachable.
  • The instructor motivates me to learn.
  • The way the instructor introduces new concepts supports my learning.
  • The way the instructor conducts this class keeps me engaged.
  • The feedback I am getting from the instructor is helping me learn.
  • Instructor addresses students' immediate needs, interests, and questions.
  • Instructor creates a positive environment that promotes learning.
 
Course:
  • The course content is presented in a manner that helps me learn.
  • The instructions for completing assignments are clear.
  • The out-of-class assignments are helping me learn.
  • There are sufficient opportunities to practice what I am learning.
  • The tests are a fair representation of what we are learning. 
  • The syllabus provides clear expectations for this course.

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