Feedback to and from students

These resources suggest various approaches for gathering both formative and summative feedback from students about one’s teaching through course evaluations and other, less formal methods.

For more information about how to conduct mid-course evaluations to get feedback on your course and teaching while you can still make adjustments during the term, click here.


Feedback between Students and Professors

Course evals- Grade your Teaching Early in The Semester (webpage) by the Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University. Explains what questions to ask students and what to do with gathered information. Also includes downloadable forms that teachers can use to capture student comments and feedback data. Retrieved October 3, 2013 from

Feedback from Students

Course evals [mid-term]- Gathering Feedback from Students (webpage) by the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University. Describes and gives examples of models instructors can employ in order to gain quantitative and qualitative measures of their student’s feedback, in-class or online. Retrieved October 3, 2013 from

Course evals - Interpreting Written Feedback from Students (Video; 5:12) by the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching, Central Michigan University. Describes a technique to help make sense of end of the semester written feedback from students. (2007). Retrieved October 3, 2013 from

Student ratings of instruction (Course evaluations)

Papers (pdf) from the IDEA Center at Kansas State University:
  • #50: Student Ratings of Teaching: A Summary of the Research and Literature
  • #22: Student Ratings of Teaching: Recommendations for Use, and
  • #32: Student Ratings of Teaching: The Research Revisited.                                                            
All papers retrieved from


Course evals [mid-term]- Using the OIRA Item Bank to Create Your Own Form for Student Rating of Instruction  (webpage) by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. An impressive tool providing hundreds of downloadable options to produce a form to help instructors access student’s perceptions about their teaching and learning experience. Retrieved October 3, 2013 from

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L'Université McGill est sur un emplacement qui a longtemps servi de lieu de rencontre et d'échange entre les peuples autochtones, y compris les nations Haudenosaunee et Anishinabeg. Nous reconnaissons et remercions les divers peuples autochtones dont les pas ont marqué ce territoire sur lequel les peuples du monde entier se réunissent maintenant.