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Feedback for Assistants & Fellows

All Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Course Assistants (CAs) can receive end-term student feedback that is most important to their professional and career development, even if they do not lead sections. Teaching feedback for assistants and fellows ­– which can apply to TAs, CAs, teaching fellows, and other instructional support staff – is also customizable, making it more meaningful and relevant to your role in the course.

Faculty working with TAs and CAs can:

  • guide TAs and CAs to select questions and ensure they get feedback that supports their development as teachers
  • review the students’ experience of interactions with their TAs and CAs in your course

How do I get teaching feedback?

In the first weeks of the quarter, confirm with your department or program’s student services administrator that you have been associated with the course in Axess for evaluation purposes.

Check Explore Courses to verify the course set up. You should be listed as a TA associated with the main section or as the instructor of a secondary section (such as a discussion section).

During Week 9 of the quarter, you will be prompted by email to customize your forms for the current quarter. We encourage you to think about your questions and discuss your options with your fellow TAs/CAs and the course instructor(s) before this.

Your teaching feedback form will consist of the standard questions plus any custom questions you include. You can:

  • add up to three questions from the question bank
  • write and add one open-ended question.

The question bank was developed in consultation with graduate and undergraduate students and instructors. It contains questions that address areas of interest for both students and instructors

Make sure students know they can provide you feedback

Students have one opportunity to select the TAs/CAs to evaluate when they begin their feedback, so let them know that their responses are important to you.

During the course feedback period beginning in Week 10, students can complete feedback for the course and any TAs/CAs they select. Students may select more than one TA/CA, and they can choose TAs/CAs with whom they have interacted in any way (discussion section, lab, office hours, online forums, etc.). They do not have to select TAs/CAs they have not interacted with.

Customize teaching feedback

Go to My Questions

Sign in to Stanford Axess. Then click on the Teaching tab and select Course and Section Evaluations, and click the Course and Section Evaluations button to go to your evaluations home page on CollegeNet What Do You Think?

Click the My Questions tab.

 To view the questions, click Show Questions. A preview of the form is displayed, which you can scroll through to see how your form will appear to students. (To preview only your selections, click Show Only My Questions.)

Add questions from the question bank

To select up to three questions from the question bank, click Search Question Bank. The Bind Existing Categories dialog box appears, to enable you to select and add questions from the question bank.
Note: $DISPLAY_NAME$ is a placeholder that is replaced with your name in the online form.

  • Scroll through the dialog box to review the question bank. Click the page numbers at the bottom of the dialog box to view more questions.
  • To insert a question into your own evaluation, click Add.

Add your own question

To add your own open-ended question to the evaluation, click Add New Question. The Instructor’s Questions section appears at the bottom of the form.

  • Type your open-ended question in the Question text box.
  • Make sure that Written is selected in the Report As drop-down list, to ensure that the question elicits a written response.
  • Type any keyword from the question in the Abbreviation text box. This is a required field, used internally as a label for the question.
  • Click Create.

Learn more

Find support for graduate students and TAs in the TA Handbook.

Find out more about getting feedback on your teaching as a TA.

Find resources for your professional development as a teacher on our Teaching Innovation and Practice page.

Key Dates

Key dates for end-term feedback.
Check the dates for end-term feedback for the academic year.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions.
Answers to common questions.

Principles of of Evaluation

Key principles of evaluation.
Key ideas guiding evaluations and student feedback at Stanford.