It’s that time of year where faculty are planning their fall courses. In you planning, consider collecting feedback from your students at least twice throughout the course. It’s good to do this in a formal way through a simple survey. The mid-semester survey helps you as the professor assess what’s working and what’s not. By knowing this before the class ends, allows you to improve before it’s too late.
Tools such as SurveyMonkey, Qualtrics, and Google forms are great for creating quick surveys for your students. However, you may run into the low response rate problem. Paper surveys work counter the low response rate. For example, I distribute the survey in class and collect their feedback by the end of class. It takes more time to read paper surveys, since the results aren’t aggregated for you. However, my response rate is close to 100%.
If you’re teaching online, digital surveys can be effective. Just be sure to sending out a few reminders to “up” your response rate.
Here’s one I used recently to collect summative feedback on the course: