Group Instructional Feedback Technique (GIFT) for GC professors


The GIFT Team on the GC campus is offering training to become a GIFT facilitator. If you’ve ever had one of these talented facilitators come to your classroom at midterm, then you will know what an important service they offer. If you are willing to volunteer as a facilitator, please contact GC’s GIFT program founder Jan Clark ( directly for details! It is good karma and a valuable campus service.

In a nutshell a GIFT consultation, also known as Small Group Instructional Diagnosis, involves having a colleague as consultant meet with your students for a half an hour of class time prior to midterm or mid-semester, and put your students into small groups to generate consensual (agreed upon) responses to four questions: what helps them learn, what suggestions they have for improving the course, how those suggestions could be implemented, and what students can do to improve the course. The consultant checks for cross-group consensus, records the responses and meets with you the instructor within a week with the feedback, and serves as sounding board for you as you decide how you want to respond to the perceptions and suggestions generated by the students. This process is confidential, anonymous, and for the instructor’s eyes only. Additional information on this assessment process can be found online at

GIFT Facilitator Training Workshop
The program has a limited number of volunteer facilitators and is offering a training workshop and luncheon for NEW (and a refresher for returning) facilitators at noon, Friday, Feb. 28 in CELTS, 202 N. Clark St. (across from Russell Auditorium). Lunch will be provided!

GIFT Facilitation for Your Class

If you are interested in having just one of your courses confidentially assessed, please use the form available online at http:macon.mcginley no fewer than 5 days before the date you would like a facilitator to visit. Classroom visits will conducted March 3-7 and March 10-14.

Please feel free to contact Macon ( if you have any questions about this program.


About Dr. J. Metzker

I believe in the power of a liberal education to transform individuals and society. I am currently the Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence. Formerly, I led a community engagement initiative and held a full professorship in chemistry at a public liberal arts university. I am a proud product of The Evergreen State College.
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