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USMA Interim Course Feedback System
Interim Course Feedback System Overview

For several years, the CTE has been encouraging instructors to obtain regular feedback from their students throughout the semester for the purpose of improving teaching and learning. Initially, we suggested mid-semester feedback, but increasingly faculty members have reported success in getting feedback at regular intervals three or four times during the semester. To assist faculty members in implementing a personal course feedback system, LTC Chuck Powell (formerly of BS & L and DMI) developed a model for the CTE. Instructors choose questions from a list of 20 items. Cadets are directed to a website and after entering course and instructor information are asked to indicate the specific questions identified by the instructor. The program generates a form containing the specific questions to be answered. The cadets respond to the questions and submit the form. Responses are sent directly to the instructor via e-mail with no identification of the sender.

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Interim Course Feedback System Procedures and Questions

If you wish to have Cadets use the USMA Interim Course Feedback system, here is all you need to do:

  1. Identify, by number, the question(s) you wish the cadets to answer (e.g., 1, 8, 12, 15). It is best to limit each feedback session to five or fewer questions.
  2. Tell your cadets the following:
    • The address of the Web page: http://coursefeedback.usma.ds.army.edu/interim_feedback.pl
      NOTE:  If this URL is sent via MS Exchange, the cadets need only click on the URL for access.
    • Your USMA e-mail address (za4643@usma.edu or your.name@usma.edu).
      Please emphasize to cadets that an accurately entered email address is critical to your receiving their feedback.
    • The numbers of the questions you wish them to answer (the program will generate the specific questions for the cadets once they mark the numbers on the matrix).
    • Be sure to remind cadet that all responses are anonymous.
  3. If you would like to try the system before you ask the cadets to do it, feel free to do so. Any responses you enter for your user id, will go only to you.

Next Step:  Giving Feedback To Cadets

An important part of this process is feedback to the cadets. Remember that their responses do not mandate changes, but instructors should provide a rationale for not making suggested changes. For example:

“Most of you indicated that you would like me to work more problems in class, but I will not do that. Our experience is that having the instructor work problems does not help cadets master the process. You must engage in problem solving yourself in order to learn this material.”

This type of feedback can be given either in class or via e-mail.

The 20 questions are:

  1. The most important thing I have learned in this course so far is...
  2. The most interesting new idea I have learned in this course is...
  3. The aspect of this class that is the most helpful for my learning is...
  4. The most challenging part of this course is...
  5. The most difficult aspect of this course for me is...
  6. The one thing I can do to improve my learning in this course is...
  7. I would have an easier time learning in this class if I could...
  8. The one thing I expect out of this course that is not being provided is...
  9. I would improve this course by...
  10. The great weakness of this course that I would correct is...
  11. The part of the course that I have liked the most so far is...
  12. I know of the following techniques that are used in other classes that I believe could be used effectively in this class...
  13. I have the following questions or suggestions for you [class instructor]...
  14. I suggest that you [class instructor] make the following changes in the course between now and the end of the semester to help me learn better...
  15. My recommendation for improving class participation and discussion is...
  16. To help me learn, you [class instructor] should start doing the following things...
  17. To help me learn, you [class instructor] should stop doing the following things...
  18. I have the following suggestions for how you [class instructor] can use other media or other technologies in this course...
  19. Please comment on how well the required readings tie in with class presentations, discussions, and small-group projects.
  20. Please comment on how well each class session helps you synthesize the major ideas for the lesson
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Adding an Interim Course Feedback Survey to your Blackboard Site

Adding an Interim Course Feedback Survey to your Blackboard site If you are using Blackboard for your courses and wish to deploy a an interim survey for your Cadets utilizing the 20 questions above, you can download the following files which will take you through the steps necessary to import a survey into your site, make any changes you wish to make to the default questions, then collect the feedback from your Cadets.

The first file is an archive (.zip file) containing a survey constructed in Blackboard then exported for use in other courses. This file needs to be downloaded in its native compressed format. You cannot work with the files on your computer (i.e. unzipping it and opening the files in Word, etc.), as this will corrupt the file. It can only be imported into your Blackboard course using the procedure described in the linked .pdf document.

Once you have downloaded the archive, download and follow the instructions in the .pdf document for importing, modifying if desired, and deploying the survey for your Cadets.

Click to download the archive and PDF document with instructions:

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Patrick Gill (patrick.gill@usma.edu) in the CFE at 938-4670.

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