Resources for Formative Feedback for Teaching Development

Contact: Cheryl Jeffs, EdD, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
Formative feedback is an intentional, voluntary, developmental strategy for instructors to receive feedback (from a variety of sources) about their teaching with the goal to better understand and improve student learning.

The Taylor Institute's Educational Development Unit has launched a formative feedback initiative to provide instructors with information, resources and strategies to incorporate into their teaching. You are welcome to download, adapt and use the following resources.

If you have discovered resources that you would like to share or comment on, please join the Taylor Institute Teaching Community, open to anyone.

Class Representatives: A Formative Feedback Strategy for Teaching Development
Heather Addy, Teaching Professor and Associate Head, Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, shares her success with a class representative program to obtain formative feedback. Included in the resource is a how to guide to a set up and administer a class representative program.
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Creating a Feedback Form Using the Survey Tool in D2L
A step-by-step guide, created by the Taylor Institute's instructional design team, on creating a formative feedback survey in D2L.
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Focus on Formative Feedback for Teaching Development: A Guide
A comprehensive guide for instructors to receive feedback about their teaching with the goal of better understanding and improving student learning. 
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Gathering Feedback from Students
A comprehensive website from Vanderbilt University with information, forms, surveys, and techniques for gathering feedback. Download resources and adapt for your needs.
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Genuine Peer-Observation of Teaching
A five-step model developed by University College Dublin for a peer observation process, with steps for both observer and observed. The model is intentional, developmental, structured, and occurs over a period of time.
Download the one-page guide (PDF)

Mid-term Student Feedback
A web page developed by the Office of Faculty and Organizational Development at Michigan State University. The site provides a number of techniques for formative feedback, survey questions, video guides, and information on how to use the feedback collected.
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Mid-Term Evaluation Question Ideas
This tip sheet, prepared by Princeton University, contains sample questions for several different types of classes (problem-solving/laboratory, discussion-oriented, team/group work), as well as general questions.
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Receiving and Giving Effective Feedback
This quick reference document has a Creative Commons license and can be adapted. Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo.
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Share Your Formative Feedback Experiences and Resources
Share how you incorporate formative feedback into your teaching practice on the Taylor Institute Teaching Community. Share a resource, comment on a resource, share an experience, or discover resources. Go to ‘SHARE’ to add resources or information, under ‘Category’, click on the drop down menu ‘Formative Feedback for Teaching Development’.
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Student Ratings: Myths vs. Research Evidence
By Micheal Theall, PhD.  This article was originally published in the Teaching Forum (Fall, 2003), Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University.

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Using Mid-Term Evaluation to Promote Student Learning.  
This Princeton University resource, (The McGraw Centre for Teaching & Learning) provides samples of questions and processes that can be adapted to invite student feedback for teaching development.

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Formative Feedback for Teaching Development
Formative feedback is an intentional, voluntary, development strategy for instructors to receive feedback about their teaching with the goal of better understanding, and improving student learning.  In this workshop, participants will explore the concept of the formative feedback process, be introduced to a formative feedback framework, and explore some practical strategies and techniques to incorporate into their teaching.