Midsemester Feedback Services

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) provides resources and support for three options for instructors interested in collecting student feedback.

Midsemester Course Analysis

Midsemester Course Analysis report based on data collected during a CTRL-facilitated conversation with studentsprovided to the individual faculty member. 

Midsemester Survey Service

Midsemester Survey Service, in which CTRL analyzes survey feedback and creates a report for the individual faculty member.

Self-Administered Surveys

Self-Administered Surveyswhich CTRL can support with existing resources on midsemester feedback survey guides and analysis as well as one-on-one consultations.

Whichever method you choose, CTRL staff are here to work with you to interpret the feedback and develop strategies for acting on it. If you have any questions about these services or want to discuss which makes sense for you, please email ctrl@american.edu

Spring 2021 Important Dates and Deadlines


  • February 8-12: Requests open for CTRL-facilitated services (i.e., MCA and MSS)
  • February 12: Deadline for faculty to request CTRL-facilitated services
  • February 22 – March 5: CTRL MCA in-class conversations facilitated and midsemester surveys administered 
  • March 1-12: CTRL provides reports to individual faculty who requested an MCA or MSS

Midsemester Course Analysis (MCA)

Midsemester Course Analysis (MCA) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to contribute feedback individually and in conversation with their peers. Upon request, CTRL team members will visit a synchronous class session for 30 minutes while you leave the class. We will facilitate a discussion with your students that focuses on what is going well, what can be improved upon, and what changes might be helpful. CTRL will then provide you with an analysis of the results of the whole class discussion and meet with you to debrief the results and discuss strategies for sharing the feedback with your students This report is entirely for your use and CTRL will not share it with anyone else. 

Types of questions we pose to students:

  • Which aspect of the course is most helpful to you?
  • Which aspect of the course is least helpful to you?
  • Are there any suggestions you would like to make about how to improve the course?

Midsemester Survey Service (MSS)

This service is at capacity.  We recommend the MCA or Self-administered Midsemester Feedback Survey.

The Midsemester Survey Service is designed to provide students with the opportunity to contribute feedback during or outside of a synchronous class session. After you request the MSS, CTRL will provide you with a unique Qualtrics survey link to provide to your students. After your students complete the survey, we will analyze the data and provide you with an analysis of the results. Please note that you will not receive the raw data from your survey. This report is entirely for your use and CTRL will not share it with anyone else.

Self-Administered Midsemester Feedback Surveys

If you are interested in creating your own midsemester survey, CTRL can support you in designing and self-administering formative feedback survey to your students. First, please access the CTRL Self-Administered Mid-Semester Feedback Surveys Guide, which includes sample survey questions, steps and considerations for administering and analyzing your survey, and information on how to respond to the results and discuss the feedback with your students. CTRL staff is also available for one-on-one consultations to discuss this and all topics related to teaching, research, and learning.