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Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID)

The SGID is a course/instructor evaluation process that uses a facilitator from CIE to elicit feedback from students. SGID's are usually conducted halfway through a semester to give instructors a chance to make changes in the second half of the semester.

On the day of the SGID, you will introduce the facilitator to the class, ask them for their honest feedback, and leave the room. (A SGID takes approximately 15-20 minutes). During that time, the facilitator will organize the students into small discussion groups. The groups have six minutes to reach consensus on two questions: "What do you like about the course?" and "What specific suggestions do you have for changing the course?"

A spokesperson for each group reports the group's results to the entire class. The facilitator writes each response on the overhead projector and makes sure there is agreement among the entire class. The information generated by the class is then shared with you in private consultation.

SGID feedback lets the instructor know how the majority of the class is feeling about the course. It eliminates the extremes - the people who have strong feelings about the course (either positive or negative). One strength of the SGID is that you have publicly asked your students for feedback; this lets them know that you value their input. We suggest that you make at least one change in your course based on your SGID results. In addition, we recommend that you thank your class for providing the feedback and briefly share the results with them so they know you have received their input/feedback.

To schedule a SGID, complete the form below and click submit.

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis
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