Facilitated Formative Feedback 

As we approach the midterm of the semester our students have a clear understanding of how our courses are structured and what to expect. This is the perfect time to elicit formative feedback from students. The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL) is available to facilitate a formative feedback discussion with your students. CTRL team members will come to your class for the last 25-30 minutes to facilitate a discussion with your students that focuses on what is going well, what can be improved upon, and what changes might be helpful. The CTRL will then provide you with an anonymous, transcribed report of individual student responses as well as results of the whole class discussion. This report is entirely for your use and CTRL will not share it with anyone else.

  • Types of questions we pose to students:

    1. Which aspect of the course is most helpful to you?
    2. Which aspect of the course is least helpful to you?
    3. Are there any suggestions you would like to make about how to improve the course?
  • Typical Timeline (approximately 2 weeks from initial request)

    • Submit request
    • CTRL responds within two business days to set up brief consultation and determine the best date for the in-class conversation
    • Consultation to determine what faculty member is interested in gaining from this process
    • CTRL in-class discussion with students (faculty member is not present)
    • Within one week CTRL will compile the responses and feedback (anonymized) to create a report to the faculty member
    • CTRL staff meets with faculty member to debrief

If you have any questions, feel free to email CTRL at CTRL@american.edu.

Requests for Summer 2019 are open. Be sure to make your request at least one week before the midterm of your course. The deadline for requests for Summer 2019 is July 29th.