by Howard J. Ross
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The Group Instructional Feedback Technique (GIFT) is a process that allows faculty to gather information regarding student learning in their classrooms.
The GIFT Process involves:
During the classroom visit, the Peer Consultant explains the purpose of the visit, organizes small groups to address the questions, and gathers feedback.
Faculty then have a brief follow-up visit with the Peer Consultant to discuss classroom findings and receive a personal letter which is a reflection of student responses.
GIFTs are strictly confidential*
GIFTs are conducted by experienced colleagues for colleagues
GIFTs provide student feedback, not instructional critique
Benefits of GIFT
* GIFTs are generally confidential. An exception is made if information surfaces that reflects emotional, psychological or physical danger or the threat of danger to students or faculty. SIUE's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Peer Consultants reserve the right to breach confidence should the situation warrant it.