Course Feedback for Instructors

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.

If you are looking for reports from Spring 2015, they are available through July 1 here.

The CFI system opens on June 3 for courses in summer 2015. Remember, you will not see the report until after the closing date (and you will need to set the closing date after you pick questions). For questions about the CFI you can consult our Frequently Asked Questions or contact course_feedback@sas.upenn.edu

Setting up a CFI for your class

Once you have gotten to the CFI start page here. Follow these steps. Make sure throughout to save your work by clicking “save” frequently. When you are finished, you must click “submit”.

NOTE: Always preview the questions you have selected by clicking the “preview” button before you finalize your survey by clicking “submit.” Once you have submitted your questions, you CANNOT change them.

Step 1:
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.)

Step 2:
Click “Opt In.” Wait to set start and end dates for your survey until after you’ve submitted your questions.

Step 3:
Under tasks you will see “Question Personalization” click “select” next to it. A new tab titled “Question Personalization” will open. Once you see the bank of questions, you may choose up to 12 that you would like students to answer.

Step 4:
When you are done selecting questions click “Submit.” (Make sure that you click “submit” — NOT “save” — or the form will not be sent.)

Step 5:
Return to the previous tab and set your start and end dates. Click “apply changes” and then in the upper right click “finalize.”

Once you have set the survey up, the system will send reminders to your students about the survey at regular intervals. When the system has closed, you will be able to see your results.

If you would prefer to use paper evaluations, CTL has created a number of different options here.

What Next?

  • 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 or Catherine Turner at the Center for Teaching and Learning.