The Mid-Semester Course Analysis, referred to as the Small Group Instructional Diagnosis in the literature, is a mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors with rich qualitative feedback from their students regarding the learning environment in a course. Results obtained from a MSCA offers an opportunity for faculty and students to engage in a formative reflection on the teaching and learning environment at mid-point of the semester.

Briefly, the CTL consultant will connect with the instructor, then spend about 30 minutes working with the students during class.  The students will work in small groups to answer the following questions:

  • What helps you learn in this course?
  • What hinders your learning in this course?
  • What suggestions do you have to improve learning in this course?
  • How are you helping your learning in this course?
  • How are you hindering your learning in this course?
  • What could you do to improve your learning in this course?

The student groups will put their responses to these questions on the board and the CTL consultant will engage the entire group in a conversation about the responses.  The CTL consultant will share the results from the small and large group discussions with the course instructor in a one-on-one confidential meeting.

Fall Semester 2019 –

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering MSCAs from Monday 9/30 until Friday 11/1, except during Fall Break (10/21 and 10/22). Click on the link below to submit your request – first come, first served. The CTL has a limited capacity but hopes to accommodate all requests.

MSCA Registration Link:  https://forms.gle/8rh5EafUc26k8Bdg9

Please complete your requests by 5pm on Monday Sept 16th so we can build the schedule and confirm dates with you.