Group Instructional Feedback Technique (GIFT)
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A class period in advance of the GIFT session: The instructor informs his/her students that a facilitator from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) will be asking for their reflections on the class and that it will take about 25-30 minutes at the end of the next class.
The CETL facilitator explains that the instructor has invited him/her to meet with the class in an effort to help students get the most from the course. The facilitator also explains that the process is confidential, that all contributions to the GIFT are anonymous, and the results are shared only with the instructor.
The facilitator hands out a sheet of five questions and asks each student to answer them all in about five minutes. The questions are as follows:
- What does the instructor do that helps with your learning?
- What changes/improvements to the course would promote your learning?
- What do you do that facilitates your learning?
- What might you do to improve your learning?
- What is the hardest thing to learn in the class?
After making individual lists, students are asked to get in groups of two or three, and, for another five minutes or so, discuss their answers and come up with a common list. The facilitator then runs through each of the four questions with the entire class, asking groups to report on their deliberations. A student volunteer records the ideas on which there is significant degree of agreement (about half the class or more) and emails the results to the facilitator at the end of class.