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Collecting Student Feedback

Would you like to ...

  • give students a sense of empowerment regarding their learning,
  • determine barriers to their learning, or
  • assess the effects of various instructional practices on student learning?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, consider collecting student feedback in one of the following ways

A Reaction Sheet or One Minute-Paper

  1. During a class session, pose one or two questions and allow students to respond anonymously. The typical one minute paper asks, "What is the most significant thing you learned today?" "What do you need explained more clearly?" "What was the muddiest point?"
  2. The "minute paper" could also be adapted as a reflection strategy by asking questions that help students develop their own meaning in relation to the content. For example, "What idea expressed in class today strongly influenced your opinions, viewpoints or values?"
  3. Whatever questions you use, be sure to close the communication loop. Follow up in a subsequent session by addressing their concerns and sharing what you learned and how you/they will use the information to improve their learning.

Exam Feedback Questionnaire

  1. Attach a brief feedback questionnaire to an exam consisting of two to five questions, which allow you and your students an opportunity to examine what they learned from the test. A Test Feedback Questionaire is available on the CTE's website.
  2. Compile the results and share appropriate information with students.

For more ideas on getting student feedback

Student Feedback Techniques

Faculty Development Teaching Tips Index

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