Open-ended Questions

Open-ended questions are ideal for they allow students to share what is on their mind and can help identify classroom dynamics or the impact of instructional changes that might not otherwise be mentioned.  The number of students in the course plus the time and resources one has for processing the results are factors to consider when selecting the number of open-ended questions to include in your mid-semester feedback form.  

We recommend the inclusion of at least one closed-ended question to provide an overall rating of the course.  For example, "Overall, this course provides an effective learning experience" [3-point Likert 1-Disagree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, 3-Agree]. This can be helpful for initially sorting the comments and identifying themes that cut across all three categories.

Below is a bank of questions that you can choose from to create your own feedback form to meet your needs.

University of Texas

  • What has been most helpful for your learning in this class so far?
  • In terms of your learning, what has caused you the most difficulty in this class so far?
  • What suggestion(s) can you make that would enhance your learning experience in this class?

Cornell University - Center for Teaching Excellence

  • What is working well for you in this class in terms of learning?
  • What challenges are you facing in this class in terms of your learning?
  • What are the 2-3 most important things that you have learned so far in this class?

Michigan State University - Office of Faculty and Organizational Development

  • What in the class so far has helped your learning the most?
  • What in the class so far has hindered your learning?
  • What suggestions do you have to improve the course?

Harvard University - Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

  • What do you find most effective about this course?
  • What would you like to change about this course?

New York University - Gallatin School of Individualized Study

  • Keep Doing...
  • Quit Doing...
  • Start Doing...

University of Virginia - Teaching Resource Center

  • What can the instructor do better to facilitate your learning?
  • What can your classmates do to better assist your learning?
  • What can you do to improve your learning and ensure that you meet your learning goals for this course?

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