Using Google Forms for continous feedback — improving instructor motivation and student satisfaction

In the last few years, the student-instructor relationship has become less formal. Partly as a result of this change in dynamics, students reflect a lot more on their education. This is a trend instructors can take advantage of by implementing continuous feedback as a natural part of their courses — benefitting both instructors and students.

Continuous feedback is the process by which instructors get (…you guessed it) continuous feedback from their students, allowing the instructor to continuously adjust and improve.

How does this benefit you, the instructor, and your class?

1. Spot Your Weaknesses: Continuous feedback allows you to have others spot your weaknesses and get an external point of view on your teaching methods. This ultimately leads you to being more self-aware and a better instructor.

2.Memorisation and improving your student’s analytical skills: Students can only tell you what they think was not sufficiently covered if they have the opportunity to reflect on the week’s content. This is effective because (1) by reviewing past material, one memorises it and (2) students develop their analytical skills by regularly judging their teacher’s performance.

Continuous feedback therefore becomes a supplemental way of ensuring your students are revising their lessons at home, are absorbing what they hear in class, and developing their analytical skills.

3. Feedback as motivation: Feedback helps and motivates instructors while also empowering students who now feel their voice matters to you. The classroom becomes a collaboration between the instructor and their students, continuously improving through feedback (and of course leading to better evaluations).

Do it yourself:

It’s simpler than you think. Just create a Google Form with the questions “Is there anything in the previous week’s material that you think was not sufficiently covered?” and “ Is there anything to be improved in the teaching method employed?”, then post it once a week in the class feed on Ublend where it displays nicely and students can take with one click, on any device.

Other questions you could ask:

Do you think ‘example X’ illustrated ‘Y’ properly?

Ask students to list any topic they haven’t understood in the past week

Ask students to rate your performance and explain their answer

From there, it is easy to organise a revision session and change your teaching method according to the feedback you are given.