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For information or questions about assessing your course, please contact Carolyn Wood, Assistant Academic Dean and Director of SLATE.
All HKS faculty are encouraged to provide students with an opportunity to share their perspectives on courses (assignments, readings, pacing, etc.) mid-way through the course. By then, students will have experienced enough to have an informed opinion but it is still early enough to make positive changes for the rest of the course.
Here is one example that has been developed and used by various HKS faculty. You may have another form you’ve used previously; or you may wish to design a new form altogether (perhaps drawing from a list of potential questions the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in FAS has collected).
If you want to pursue other options, such as an on-line survey or an in-class student focus groups, SLATE staff would be happy to set up, administer and provide reports for you. Please contact Allison Pingree , Director of Professional Pedagogy, to arrange the details.
Once you’ve gathered student feedback, you can reflect on the overall patterns and ideas, and how you might use the feedback to refine your course. It can be helpful to discuss these thoughts with a colleague or with a SLATE consultant, as well. Equally important is setting aside a few minutes of class time to discuss with students what the main messages were, any changes you propose to make, and your rationale for not making other changes they may have suggested.
The Office of Teaching Support website provides information on the administration and processes around course evaluations at Harvard Kennedy School.
Summaries of HKS course evaluations are posted online at the conclusion of an academic year. These are accessible by Kennedy School Intranet login only