Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
There are several informal strategies for getting feedback so that the students who give it will benefit from it. Whatever format you choose, ask your students to be specific. ‘This course is the best ever!” can make you feel really good, and “This course STINKS!” can make you feel really bad. But neither comment is especially helpful in maintaining excellence or improving instruction.
Having students do a one minute paper regularly in class has several purposes:
Students need to know that their comments have been heard and taken seriously, which means that you need to give them feedback on their comments. At the next class meeting take a little time to respond. You may:
A final note: If you don’t plan to use the feedback, don’t ask for it. Have a purpose for requesting it; stay open to what you hear; discuss your feedback with someone who can be objective and keep it in perspective.