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

Request MID for your class: MID Request Form

To facilitate a MID: MID Faculty Faciltator Form

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.


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