October 2007

Eliciting formative feedback from students

Have you ever felt, even after careful planning, that what you are doing in the classroom just isn’t working? We all make mistakes, we try strategies that don’t work as planned, and teaching can improve a great deal if we actively seek out student comments and make adjustments in teaching strategies, even in mid-course.  Formative feedback from students can enhance the teaching and learning experience for both instructors and students. The following suggestions will help instructors to elicit student feedback throughout their courses: