Want to know what your students think of your course while it is in progress? Ask for a SGIF!
SGIF (Small Group Instructional Feedback) is a great way to find out directly from your students what in your course is working and what could be improved. Because a SGIF happens during your course, it gives you a chance to nip any problems in the bud. Contact your School Liaison to set one up.
Download a PDF version of our SGIF handout. [PDF, 36 KB]
- What is SGIF?
- How do I start?
- How is it done?
- Is it confidential?
- What are the benefits?
- How do I request a SGIF?
What is SGIF?
SGIF (Small Group Instructional Feedback) is a simple, powerful way to improve instruction. First a trained facilitator meets with you to set objectives for the SGIF process in a particular class. Then, using a structured group process, the facilitator visits the class (without you) for about 30–45 minutes. The visit usually takes place after at least four weeks of instruction and before the mid-term point of the course. Afterward, the facilitator meets with you to debrief and plan. [top]
How do I start?
When you, the instructor, meet with the facilitator you will discuss:
- How the process works
- Relevant course details
- How you will introduce the SGIF and the facilitator to the students
- The date, time, and place for the class session
- The date, time, and place for the feedback session [top]
How is it done?
During the classroom session, the facilitator does two things:
A. Asks groups of four to six students three questions:
- What do you like about this course?
- What areas do you think need improvement?
- What suggestions do you have for making improvements?
B. Helps the class synthesize the feedback. [top]
Is it confidential?
Yes. Results are treated as confidential and ALL written materials become property of the instructor. No records are kept that a SGIF was held. Facilitators do not discuss SGIF results with anyone other than the instructor requesting it.
Note that SGIF results are not associated with the FSA instructor performance development system. [top]
What are the benefits?
There are benefits for the students and for the instructor.
- Recognize that instructors care about their learning
- Prefer this method to highly structured questionnaires
- Appreciate the mid-term timing because they benefit from changes that result
- Recognize how their opinions differ from others in the class
- Recognize their share of responsibility for the success of the course
- Prefer the personal interaction with, and support of, a colleague
- Appreciate the data being presented in a form that is objective and easy to use
- Become aware of the diversity of student opinions
- Get feedback from the students in time to solve problems [top]
How do I request a SGIF?
Contact your BCIT Learning and Teaching Centre School Liaison.
SGIFs are done at any BCIT campus for day or evening classes for any instructor. [top]