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Mid-Semester Interview About Teaching

The Mid-Semester Interview about Teaching, or MIT, is a mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors useful feedback from their students about their learning in a course. This new FTLC service involves a member of our staff visiting a class, interviewing students, and reporting back to the instructor. Conducted during the 4th to 9th week of the semester, the MIT takes 30 minutes of class time wherein a consultant guides a three-step feedback process. First, students are asked to respond individually to two questions:
  • What are the major strengths of this course? What is helping you learn?
  • What changes would you make in this course to assist you in learning?
Small groups of students share their answers and write their responses on the board. The consultant then facilitates a class discussion, seeking clarification and consensus. After the MIT, the consultant meets with the instructor to discuss the feedback. Sometimes referred to as a Small Group Instructional Diagnosis, this process provides timely formative feedback to the instructor and engages students in reflecting on their own learning. Requests accommodated based on consultant availability and on a first-come, first served basis. To request a MIT, please complete the request form.




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Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

March 11, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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March 11, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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Community-based Teaching in a Wicked World: Preparing Students for Messy Inquiry

Community-based Teaching in a Wicked World: Preparing Students for Messy Inquiry

March 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discover strategies for preparing students to confront dynamically complex, interdependent, high-stakes issues through an experiential, collaborative learning model.

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