Step 1: Small Group Discussion

We ask the students to organize into groups of 3 or 4 (more if the class is larger); one of the students in the group serves as the recorder. Each group is asked to consider four questions:

  1. What do you like best about the course and the faculty member's teaching?
  2. What would you like the faculty member to change that may improve the course, his or her teaching, and your learning?
  3. What could you do to make the course better for you and the faculty member?
  4. How much have you learned in this course thus far?

 A final question to which each student responds individually is, "How much have you learned in this course thus far? The choices are: nothing; a little; an average amount; an above average amount; an excellent amount.

One or two other questions specific to a faculty member's needs or interest can also be posed.

The student groups are typically allowed 15 minutes to answer the four questions.

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