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Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research

Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research

Consultation Services


Mid-Course Correction

The Mid-Course Correction  is a non-evaluative, whole-class interviewing technique.  Typically the process is conducted at or before the mid-point of a semester course.  The purpose of the method is to give the instructor a view of the course from the students' perspective, and to give the instructor an opportunity to respond to the students' comments and concerns.

The entire process begins at the request of the instructor.  The instructor and a faculty colleague trained as a facilitator meet to discuss the process and schedule a date for the facilitator to visit the instructor's class.  When the facilitator comes to the classroom, the course instructor introduces the facilitator and leaves the class.  The facilitator explains the procedure to the students, emphasizing that the instructor is interested in the students' comments, but that these comments will only be given to the instructor as anonymous comments and suggestions.

The class is then divided into small groups, a student chosen as group recorder, and the following questions addressed:

  1. What do you like about the course?
  2. What do you think needs improvement?
  3. What suggestions do you have for bringing about these improvements?

After about ten minutes, each group reports on the discussion and consensus in their  group.  The facilitator records the consensus comments and asks for clarification when needed.  Next, the facilitator debriefs the course instructor on the students' comments and discusses responses to the points made by the students.  At the next class meeting the course instructor opens the class with a summary of the class' comments, shares reactions to the comments and discusses possible changes in the course, if any.  A follow-up conversation between the course instructor and faculty facilitator is useful to measure the effectiveness and outcomes of the intervention.

Any instructor interested in having a Mid-Course Corrections conducted in his or her class should contact Dr. Monica Devanas, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research, devanas@badaddress.rutgers.edu ctaar.rutgers.edu.

Instructional Technologies

Instructors wishing to improve their use of resources available through computers, the internet, new media or courseware may contact the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research for consultation on the effective use of the technologies as well as instruction on their use. In addition to consultation, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research offers a series of workshops on the basics of e-mail and creating web pages aimed at extending teaching beyond the classroom. 

Instructors should contact Joseph Delaney, Instructional Technology Specialist, Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research, 932-7466, jpd@badaddress.rutgers.edu ctaar.rutgers.edu for more information.

General Consulting

Instructors seeking general information about the improvement of teaching, or who are interested in discussing teaching issues of special concern to them, are invited to contact the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research.  Department heads interested in developing the use of teaching portfolios, methods of peer review, initiatives to improve teaching are also invited to contact the CTAAR.  To make an appointment to meet with a CTAAR staff member, call 932-7466 or send a email message to info@badaddress.rutgers.edu ctaar.rutgers.edu.



 

 

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