Suggestions for different ways in which you can collect feedback on your teaching.
A combination of the suggestions below is likely to be most effective.
Find out what feedback your School or course team collects about the course you teach on, and what, if any of it, is specifically relevant to your role.
It helps if your School:
You can collect feedback on your own teaching at the end of a series of classes, directly from your student group, or from individuals at any time.
Alternatively, and additionally, you can collect student feedback on an on-going basis throughout the course of your teaching.
For example this could be around a specific theme (e.g. to query students about their understanding of a specific topic or about the effectiveness of an activity you tried out in class) or about how things went generally.
A range of processes might be useful depending on the type of feedback you are after, or the type of difficulty that needs to be addressed.
Perhaps feedback can be solicited by:
This can be done in writing for example by giving them a short questionnaire, at the end of a class, or by email between classes. Or you could ask students to write on post-it notes that you hand out and stick up for all to see.
Group discussion: colleagues with a similar level of experience often share the challenges you have. It can be helpful to spend just a little time to focus on these and together come up with ideas about how to take them forward. You could do a mid-semester stocktaking or troubleshooting exercise to:
Working in pairs: you could pair up and arrange a teaching observation exchange (i.e. you agree to observe your colleague’s class, then they observe your class).
Teaching observation works best if you can make sure that you discuss briefly what you would like feedback on in advance, and if you meet to discuss all feedback in detail soon after the exchange.
Read chapter 10 - ‘Feedback on Teaching’ - in 'Tutoring and Demonstrating, a Handbook'.
This chapter summarises ideas discussed above and more in a practical user-friendly way.
This article was published on Jun 20, 2013