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 teacher in a confidential manner.


  • Optional and confidential

  • Voluntary

  • Formative, not evaluative

  • Faculty helping each other

  • Involves students

Application Forms

MID forms for fall 2015 will be available after the start of the semester

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


  • 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 for 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.


  • 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.


Faculty Development