Group Instructional Feedback Technique (GIFT)
GIFT is a confidential process that allows instructors to gather feedback from their students.
The process of GIFT:
- Facilitated by trained colleagues who act as peer consultants.
- Provides student feedback, not instructional critique.
- Kept confidential between the instructor and the peer consultant.
Benefits of GIFT:
- Strengthens communication between instructors and their students.
- Fosters supportive, collegial relationships between the instructor and facilitator.
- Clears up misconceptions students may have about the course.
- Requires students to share responsibility for their own success in the course.
- Allows course changes to be made early enough in the term to make a difference.
How the process works
- Contact the Center for Academic Innovation to arrange for your GIFT by using the form on this page. GIFTs are available during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.
- Your facilitator will work with you to arrange the time and place of the GIFT. She/he/they can also answer any questions you may have about the process.
- When your facilitator visits your class, she/he/they first explains the process and benefits of the GIFT. She/He/They then divides your class into small groups and asks them to discuss the course’s strengths and areas in need of improvement. Students are also asked to make suggestions for changes to the course. The whole process takes approximately 30 minutes.
- Your facilitator later synthesizes and summarizes the results of the classroom discussion.
- You and your facilitator meet to discuss the results.
- Lastly, you and your students discuss the results and possible changes to the course.
Please allow up to two weeks for a facilitator or someone from the Center for Academic Innovation to get back to you about your request. In some instances, the time needed to find a facilitator may be less.
You can complete this form more than once if you would like more than one course to receive a GIFT.