SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis)

A combination of a classroom observation visit with a less-structured form of focus group, the SGID is also known as a midsemester classroom feedback visit. In this assessment technique, a consultant observes the beginning of the class. Then, approximately 20 minutes before the class ends, the instructor leaves and the consultant breaks the class into small groups of about 6 students each. Each group is asked to generate statements in two broad areas: what is working well and helping students learn, and what isn't working as well as it could with suggested improvements. The students are asked to write down on a form only those statements that everyone in the group is in agreement on.

A second consensus step usually follows in which the whole class participates, modifying or eliminating some of the statements. Class is dismissed, and the consultant writes up a reportfor the facuty members about what the students had to say. The consultant visits the faculty member with the report, and they discuss how the faculty member might best respond to the feedback.

It is recommended that at the next class, the faculty member responds in class to what the students have said, indicating what changes will be made or why the suggested changes are not a good idea. Students are very constructive in their comments, as they are aware they may benefit from the feedback they provide.

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