Small Group Instructional Feedback sessions are designed to gather qualitative data from students about their learning experiences. For Learning Designers, Librarians, and Counsellors, a Small Group Feedback session can replace an SGIF and the process and purpose are the same. The process is designed to create opportunities for dialogue between instructors and students. Completed before the mid-point of the term or intake, the SGIF results can be used by the instructor to impact students within the current session. Feedback gathered in this way is primarily for formative assessment purposes, providing important information for instructors to formulate a growth plan and to organize professional development activities to support that plan.
SGIF Process for Online/Blended CoursesSGIF Template
Facilitate a Session Online
For the SGIF session we recommend using a combination of Breakout Groups in Collaborate Ultra and Google Docs to collect feedback.
Create a new Google Doc
Access the Google Doc SGIF Template
Make a copy of the google doc (add link) and edit the document choosing the questions you would like the students to answer by group A, B,C etc.
Select the Share button in the top right corner
Click “change” under “Get link” and make sure Viewer is switched to Editor so anyone with the link has editing privileges
Copy the link and paste in in the main room before you start the breakout groups
Ask students to click on the link to access the Google Doc
Ask groups to assign a recorder for the group once inside the breakout room
Open the Collaborate Panel by going to the lower right-hand corner of your screen and clicking on the purple button with the double arrowhead in it.
Once the Collaborate Panel opens, click on the Share Content tab.
Click on the Breakout Groups tab.
When the Breakout Groups panel opens, participants will still be in the Main Room and there will only be two breakout groups ready.
As soon as you choose Randomly Assign in the dropdown menu, participants will automatically be moved to breakout groups
You can also create a new breakout group by clicking on the plus sign in the circle centered over the area with the name
Once you have everything set the way you want it, click on the Start button at the bottom of the panel. Clicking the Start button will enable participants to start interacting in their assigned breakout groups.
After you click the Start button, you will see a different view of the breakout groups. You can see the participants in any breakout group by clicking on the down-pointing arrowhead at the far right of the group listing. If you want to join a breakout group, click on the button that looks like a door with an arrow on it.
Return everyone to the main room
Click the square in the circle at the top to end the breakout groups. Doing this will automatically return everyone to the Main Room area.
You can also go back to the Share Content tab and click on the square in the circle for Breakout Groups to end breakout groups.
Visit the CTL’s Resource Sharepoint site for additional information on Breakout Groups
SGIF Information & ResourcesManagement of Data
SGIF at RDC: Formative or Summative?
Process and Checklist
Appreciative Inquiry Overview
For further discussion, we would recommend: Jeanie Cockell and Joan McArthur-Blair, Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (Jossey-Bass, 2012).
Giles, D., & Kung, S. (2010). Using appreciative inquiry to explore the professional practice of a lecturer in higher education: Moving towards life-centric practice. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 50(2), 308-322.
Faculty Performance Policy
Learner-Centred Teaching, Lesson Plans, and Course OutcomesLearner-Centred Teaching
- Engage students in learning
- Teach students how to learn
- Encourage student reflection
- Motivate students by sharing power
- Encourage collaboration
Learning Outcomes at RDC
Lesson Plan Samples
Resource: This website includes information on Effective Lesson Planning specific to Higher Education: http://www.crlt.umich.edu/gsis/p2_5
SGIF Training SessionsSGIF Training Outcomes
- Create a climate for learning and teaching development through mentoring.
- Discuss and model learner-centred principles and practices.
- Facilitate appreciative approaches in gathering small group instructional feedback.
- Support open, respectful and meaningful classroom conversations.
- Synthesize student feedback into clear and detailed reports.
- Engage faculty in a self-reflective process.
Training Session Presentation
SGIF Presentation to Show Students
Collecting Data in Class
- Click here to view a list of the SGIF Facilitators.