Colby’s Center for Teaching and Learning staffers Carol Hurney and Jordan Troisi are international leaders on the mid-semester feedback technique of Small Group Instructional Diagnosis, referred to at Colby as Mid-Semester Course Analysis. The approach 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.

Spring 2023

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering MSCAs from Monday 2/27 until Friday April 7. 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: 

Please complete your requests by 11:59pm on Monday, February 13th so we can build the schedule and confirm dates with you.