Center for Transformative Learning

Office Location:

3rd Floor, Stephenson Hall


859-985-3404 Writing Res.

859-985-3670 Faculty Dev.

859-985-3656 Internships

859-985-3656 Career Dev.

Hours Open:

M-Th:9:00 am–8:00 pm

F:9:00 am–5:00 pm

Hours Closed:

Daily:12:00 pm–1:00 pm

T:4:00 pm–5:00 pm

Th:3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Midterm Assessment of Teaching Process

The Midterm Assessment of Teaching represents an approach that can provide rich information and can help faculty and students make adjustments midway through a course.  Besides providing useful feedback, the intervention not only signals to students that their perspectives matter but also that they play a critical role in making choices and commitments to their own learning. 

The Process

An instructor contacts the CTL (ext. 3670) to schedule a focus group session the beginning of a class period near midterm.  During a 30-minute segment of the class, a trained consultant will gather students’ written comments and focus group feedback in response to questions about their learning in the course:

  • What about this course helps you learn?
  • What about this course hinders your learning?
  • What suggestions do you have to improve this course so that it better supports learning?
  • What are you doing to help yourself learn in this course?
  • What are you doing that prevents or hinders your learning in this course?
  • What could you do to improve your learning in this course?

Typed anonymous results from written comments and focus group feedback provide a point of departure for considering possible adjustments to the course or necessary communications about instructional choices to students.  In a follow up conversation, the consultant provides a sounding board or guidance as the faculty member considers what might represent the best responses to feedback. 

Faculty Feedback about the Midterm Assessment of Teaching Process

Mission & Vision


The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) inspires and empowers members of the Berea College community to grow personally, intellectually, and professionally, by connecting to one another and to resources that support deep and active learning for life.


The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) will be the nexus for faculty, staff and students to explore innovative teaching and learning, link to high-impact educational practices, and embrace work and vocation.