Feedback from an Education Faculty Member New to the Institution
Midterm feedback helps me see the course from a student's perspective.
Most of the time, the data confirms or clarifies my own hunches about our course.
This inquiry process refreshes our work as I am rather compelled to deal with tensions I might have otherwise unproductively ignored. I'm always struck by the energy in the class just after a feedback session. Students seem relaxed and appreciative....I think they appreciate this exercise and understand that I'm doing it because I want them to learn and I value their perspective.
It's not as if I make all the changes that may be requested....they almost always mention that the amount of reading is problematic in the class . . . . Even in those instances the feedback creates the context for a conversation about why I've designed the course in a particular way....or what I might be able to do to support them in that work.
--Faculty member new to the institution, Education