Wayne State University

Mid-semester Assessment Program (MAP)

Compass and Map The Mid-semester Assessment Program (MAP) is an opportunity for Wayne State University instructors to get timely student feedback regarding their perceptions of what is going well and what could be changed or improved while the course is in progress. This assessment strategy is useful for traditional, hybrid, and online environments and is available for all WSU courses with enrollment of at least 6 students (to preserve student anonymity). The MAP is voluntary, confidential, and feedback is provided only to the instructor. Deidentified aggregate data may be included in research studies of teaching and assessment across the university.

The MAP follows a three step process:

  1. The first step is a preliminary meeting with an OTL consultant to review goals and to answer questions from the instructor.
  2. The second step is data collection. 
    • For courses with 65 or fewer students on main campus, an OTL consultant will visit the class to collect students' feedback during which students work together to answer two open ended questions:
      • What do you like most about this course and/or the instructor's teaching of it?
      • What suggestions would you make to improve your learning in this course or the teaching of it?
    • For courses with 65 or more students, students' feedback will be collected anonymously through an online survey. (An OTL consultant will provide the survey link for the instructor to distribute to students.)
    • For online courses or in-person courses that meet off main campus (i.e. satellite campuses, School of Medicine campus, or Mike Illitch School of Business campus, etc.) students' feedback will be collected anonymously through an online survey. (An OTL consultant will provide the survey link for the instructor to distribute to students.)
      Note: MAP's conducted online result in data that is just as robust and useful as those completed in person.
  3. The third step is a follow-up meeting to review key themes in students' aggregated feedback and to identify helpful instructional strategies and resources.

MAPs for Winter 2019 will be conducted Monday, February 18th - Friday, March 9th

Winter registration is now closed.  Please check back in the Fall.

"This is so helpful!  While I think it's important to get end-of-semester feedback from students, having the ability to communicate about how the course is going in the MIDDLE of things is a really wonderful opportunity for instructors."

          - Wayne State University Faculty Member

"This is such a great program, I really appreciate that you do it. I don't know why all instructors don't do it."

       - Wayne State University Faculty Member

For more information, please call the OTL at (313) 577-0001 or email OTL@wayne.edu.