Giving GIFTS for Teaching Feedback and Evaluation
Often the only instructional feedback faculty receive occurs at the end of the semester and focuses less on effective teaching and student learning and more on course logistics or instructor behavior. We ran 85 GIFT (Group Instructional Feedback Technique) sessions with 3116 students in order to provide mid-semester feedback. GIFT sessions focus student learning via class discussions without the instructor present. Instructors receive a written report synthesizing the student responses. We will review the GIFT results, compare these to end-of-semester evaluations, and simulate a GIFT session in order to explore how to provide useful instructional feedback focused on student learning.
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