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Teaching Evaluation: Administering IEF
  1. Allow for approximately 10 minutes of class time, preferably at the onset of class.
  2. Tell the students the purpose of the questionnaire. For example, you might say
    • “Many instructors in this department receive feedback at the end of the semester. However, I’d like to get your feedback sooner than that so as to better assess how things are going in the classroom.”
    • “Your feedback might show me ways in which I can make changes that will be beneficial to you, the students.”
  3. Assure your students of anonymity – tell them not to sign their names. If they are concerned about their handwriting, suggest that they print. If someone acts clearly concerned, tell them to answer only the scaled items. Minimize this dialog as much as possible.
  4. Remind the students of the things over which you have control. Ask them to address these only. Have them circle the number for each item that best represents their perceptions.
  5. Encourage the students to take their time in responding to the open-ended questions; some of your best feedback comes from these answers. If they have trouble beginning this part, ask them to use the ratings items for ideas.
  6. Thank your students for their help. As they complete the forms, remain present in an unobtrusive place. Have them place the completed forms face down on a nearby desk (preferably in a box or envelope). Put the forms aside and begin class.
  7. Do not look at the forms until you are alone somewhere other than the classroom.
  8. Have all your classes and sections complete the forms (keep them separate). Comparisons can be helpful.
  9. At the next class meeting, tell the students you read the forms and thank them for their help. Select one or two areas/items you can discuss with them in a positive manner.
  10. Bring these forms and a summary of the results to your consultation session.


Sample IEF Forms

Here are several different Informal Early Feedback forms that you can use or adapt for your class. If you would like to create your own form – either following the templates provided, or designing your own, you may find the IEF Question Bank useful.

  • Sample 1 (pdf) (Word)  Instructor, General
  • Sample 2 (pdf) (Word)  All open ended questions
  • Sample 3 (pdf) (Word)  Discussion TA
  • Sample 4 (pdf) (Word)  Laboratory TA