Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Mid-Semester Feedback Tool (Canvas)

Mid-Semester Feedback FAQ

What is Mid-Semester Feedback?

  • A feedback survey designed to elicit constructive feedback from students.
  • Four optional questions created by the Yale College Teaching and Advising (TLA) Committee are provided by default.
  • Instructors have the ability to add up to 4 additional custom questions to the survey for each course.
  • Some school have opted out of using the Mid-Semester tool in Canvas because they are promoting other methods of soliciting mid-semester evaluations.

My school has opted to use Mid-Semester Feedback Tool in Canvas. What should I expect?

  • Two separate tools will automatically appear in the course navigation bar in your Canvas course sites based on a predefined schedule.
    • Mid-Semester Feedback Instructor - instructor tool for instructors to create custom questions and view student submissions
    • Mid-Semester Feedback - student tool to submit feedback responses.

What is the Mid-Semester Feedback Schedule for Spring 2019?

For schools that have opted to participate with Mid-Semester Feedback, this tool will automatically follow the schedule outlined here:

  • Instructor Tool Opens: Tuesday, January 1 at 12:30am: The instructor tool appears in the course navigation bar (students do not see this tool) and form opens for faculty who wish to add up to four custom questions.
  • Custom Question Deadline: Friday, February 15 at noon: The form closes to custom question entry by faculty.
  • Feedback Open: Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m: The form appears in the course navigation bar and students are able to submit feedback.
  • Feedback Close: Monday, Feburary 25 at 9 a.m: The form closes for feedback from students.

Why is the Mid-Semester Feedback Instructor tool not appearing in my course navigation?

  • Check the Instructor Tool Opens date on the Mid-Semester Feedback schedule.
  • Your school may not be participating in Mid-Semester Feedback.
  • If your course is cross-listed with a school that is not using Mid-Semester Feedback, the tool may not appear in your course.
  • In each course, as an instructor you can choose whether you want to use Mid-Semester Feedback in Canvas, or if you wish to use another method for mid-semester evaluations. If you opt to not use Mid-Semester Feedback in your course, the tool will no longer appear in your course navigation. You can visit the Poorvu Cenber website to learn about other effective mechanisms to collect feedback.

My school has opted out of using Mid-Semester Feedback. Why is the Mid-Semester Feedback Instructor tool appearing in my course navigation?

  • If your course is cross-listed with a school that is using Mid-Semester Feedback, the tool may appear in your course.
  • If you do not want to use the tool, please follow the instructions for removing the Mid-Semester Feedback tool.

What optional questions are provided by default?

  1. What is helping your learning in this class?
  2. What elements of the class are hindering your learning?
  3. What could the instructor change to improve your learning experience in this class?
  4. What could you do differently to improve your learning experience in this class?

What is the difference between the Mid-Semester Feedback Instructor and the Mid-Semester Feedback tools?

  • Mid-Semester Feedback Instructor
    • This is the tool specifically for instructors.
    • Tool will automatically appear in the course navigation bar on the Instructor Tool Open date.
    • Tool is only accessible to users with the role of “Instructor” in the Canvas course site.
    • Users with student level roles (student, auditor, guest student) will not see this tool in the course navigation bar.
    • Instructors will use this tool to:
      • View the feedback schedule for the term.
      • Select which of the optional default questions ton include in the feedback survey.
      • Create up to 4 custom questions for the feedback survey.
      • View student submissions.
      • Download a CSV of all student submissions.
  • Mid-Semester Feedback
    • This is the tool specifically for students/auditors.
    • Tool will automatically appear in the course navigation bar on the Feedback Open date.
    • Tool is only accessible to users with the role of “Student” or “Auditor” in the Canvas course site.
    • All feedback is totally anonymous.
    • Students can only submit feedback once.

What if I don’t want to use Mid-Semester Feedback in my course?

  • In the Mid-Semester Feedback Instructor tool, instructors can choose to remove the tool from their course. By selecting this option, the Instructor tool will be removed from the course navigation menu and the student tool will not become visible to students on the feedback open date. (NOTE: If you remove or disable the tool from the course, you can re-add and enable it.)
  • If the instructor does not opt out, the tool will automatically appear to students based on the outlined schedule.
  • Visit our Instructor help guide to find out how to remove the Mid-Semester Feedback tool from your Canvas course.

Who has access to the student submissions?

  • Only users with the role “Instructor” in a course site can see the student feedback for that course. No one else (including administrators) can access the submissions.

Will student submissions be available in the course forever?

  • Student submissions will remain visible in the course until the end of the academic year.
  • Student submissions will be purged at the end of the academic year.
  • The Mid-Semster Feedback Instructor tool displays the official date.  For help finding the schedule, visit our Instructor help guide to find out how to view important feedback survey dates.

How do I download a copy of my students’ feedback?

I do not use Canvas - Can I still use the Mid-Semester Feedback Tool?

  • Mid-Semester Feedback tool is only available through Canvas. If you would like to use this tool, you need to publish your Canvas site to make the course site, and thus the tool, available to students. For information on how to publish your site, see the following article.
  • There are many ways to conduct Mid-Semester Evaluation. We hope providing this integrated tool through Canvas course sites will encourage more instructors to implement this valuable practice. Visit the Poorvu Center website to learn about other effective mechanisms to collect feedback.

I’m not sure how to use the tool. How can I get help?