They are motivated, attentive, curious, and involved. Research demonstrates that engaged students achieve greater academic success. Engagement may include intellectual, emotional, behavioural, or social interactions. On a broader level, student engagement may include student involvement in university governance, program development, or civic activities. This guide focuses on the classroom teaching and learning environment.
Use Blackboard's tools to support a learning community, improve teacher feedback, enhance communication, validate student opinions, increase instructor and learner presence, and develop authentic conversation.
Dixon, M.D. (2010, June). Creating effective student engagement in online courses: What do students find engaging? Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(2). 1-13.
The Almond Joy of Providing Feedback to Students - Try a new and maybe more substantive approach to feedback. Consider the coconut "chewy goodness" of positives through out the assignment, the almond "hard things" the must be addressed, and the "chocolate coating" encouragement. It's a different approach from the "sandwich" method, which can lack dimension.
Chappell, K. (2019, March 11). The almond joy of providing feedback to students. Retrieved from https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/educational-assessment/the-almond-joy-of-providing-feedback-to-students/
Nicol, D. (2010). Good designs for written feedback for students. In W.J. Mckeachie & M. Svinick (Eds.), McKeachie's teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers (109 - 123). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
Mid-Semester feedback gives students to opportunity to share their concerns, and allows you time to make appropriate changes to the course. These surveys are not the same as the final course evaluations given by the school or department. They are for you to learn more about your students and their learning experience with you. The focus is on your teaching presence, the course delivery & design, and how engaged the students feel. And, any instructor can easily use their Blackboard course to conduct an online survey, even for face-to-face courses.
(Brennan & Williams, 2004, p.11)
Just like writing an exam, it's important to ask the right questions. Instructors should think through their past teaching experiences and consider which areas they want to examine and which areas they would like to improve. Select two to three topics to keep the survey reasonably brief and encourage completion.
The surveys may include questions such as:
Another well-known approach is the Stop, Start, Continue survey method. It's fast and easy to conduct. There are three open-ended questions, which often yield very rich information.
Gathering Feedback from Students article includes sample forms for the classroom from Vanderbilt University
Large set of sample of mid-semester feedback surveys includes items from Princeton, Middle Tennessee State University, Otis College of Art, UC Berkeley, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Washington University, and Humboldt State University.
Mid-Semester Feedback article from University of Texas, Austin's Faculty Innovation Center. This article discusses the "why" of collecting student feedback during the semester and the "how", which includes selecting the right survey, administering it, and analyzing the results.
Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains
How to Get Better Feedback from Students article from Faculty Focus
Use of the 'Stop, Start, Continue' Method journal article in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
Brennan, J. and Williams, R. (2004), Collecting and using student feedback: A guide to good practice. Retrieved from https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/id352_collecting_and_using_student_feedback_a_guide_to_good_practice.pdf.