Course Feedback for Instructors (CFI) is an online questionnaire that instructors can use to get feedback from their students about their teaching. The system allows instructors to select the questions they want to ask from a bank of questions and is completely confidential so that instructors can get feedback they need to improve their classes.
To set up a CFI for your course, click here:
[Please don’t bookmark this link; the link will change when the CFI is incorporated into Penn’s central Course Evaluation system in Spring 2014.]
How do I set a CFI up for my class?
Once you have gotten to the CFI start page here. You will follow these steps. Make sure throughout to save your work by clicking “apply” frequently.
Click the “select” link next to the course you want feedback on. (You may get feedback for more than one course but you will need to create a separate survey for each one.)
Click “Opt In” and set start and end dates for your survey. Click “Apply.”
Click on the “Question Personalization” tab. Once you see the bank of questions, you may choose up to 12 that you would like students to answer.
Complete the process by clicking “Submit.” (Make sure that you click “submit” (NOT “save”) or the form will not be sent.)
Once you have set the survey up the system will send reminders to your students about the survey at regular intervals. Once the system has closed, you will be able to see your results.
If you have other questions about the CFI you can consult our Frequently Asked Questions
If you would prefer to use paper evaluations, CTL has created a number of different options here
- If you are using the forms for mid-term evaluation, focus on incremental change. Don’t try to completely redesign your course midway through the semester.
- Talk to the students about their comments. Explain how the changes you are making will help them reach the goals you have set. As you discuss change with your students, be careful not to seem defensive.
Instructors who would like help designing or responding to midterm evaluations can contact either Bruce Lenthall (215 898 4170) or Catherine Turner (215 898 1686) at the Center for Teaching and Learning.