Midterm Instructional Diagnosis

Since 1979, Midterm Instructional Diagnosis (MID) has been a part of the University of Dayton. MID is a voluntary midterm evaluation process.  With the teacher out of the room, a faculty facilitator interviews students for 15-20 minutes to solicit feedback on how well the class is promoting learning and suggestions on how to improve instruction.  The facilitator shares the results with the teach in a confidential manner.

Characteristics:

  • Optional and confidential
  • Voluntary
  • Formative, not evaluative
  • Faculty helping each other
  • Involves students

What Faculty Say

Over the years, faculty report improved learning, creative suggestions for change, and higher end-of-semester evaluation scores by using the MID

Benefits

  • Improved student learning
  • Creative suggestions for change
  • Higher end-of-semester evaluation scores

What Students Say

Students praise the MID process because it communicates faculty interest in their learning and helps improve teaching.

In-Class Process

  • Faculty member turns over the class to the facilitator and leaves the classroom fro 15-20 minutes.
  • Facilitator quickly explains MID to the class.
  • Students are broken into groups of four or five and given prompts for feedback
  • Students are asked to address the following three questions:
               What is helping you learn in this course?
               What is hindering your learning in this course?
               What suggestions do you have to improve the learning in this class?
  • After seven to ten minutes, students are brought back together as a group to share their feedback and suggestions.

Timeline

  • Approximately the sixth to tenth week of the semester.
  • A booklet describing the process in more detail will be sent to you.
  • Facilitator contacts faculty member to discuss particulars and schedule MID.
  • Facilitator carries out MID usually at the end or beginning of class.
  • Facilitator reviews MID results with faculty member.

Contact

For more information you can contact Faculty Development at facdev@udayton.edu.