SGID training: Policy, procedure & how-to

TPA is once again offering SGID facilitator training to all staff at Unitec.  

Full information and workshop sign-up are provided below.

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgements to Wendy Baker, New Zealand Mentoring Centre

 

What is SGID?   

A structured group process for evaluating programmes or courses which has as its focus the learning experience of participants, the students.

An SGID is NOT intended primarily as a teacher evaluation tool, nor is it a performance management tool. The feedback from an SGID is intended to be between the lecturer(s) and students, and focuses on improvements to the course content and delivery.

What happens?

  • An independent person, trained in SGID, facilitates the evaluation with a group of students
  • It is a oral-based method, with the intention of reaching group consensus
  • It is suitable feedback mechanism for programmes, courses  or for lecturers to seek feedback on how they are going
  • It takes between 40-60 minutes depending on the size of the group
  • It is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning

 

What is the process of an SGID?

  • The lecturer approaches an SGID-trained facilitator 
  • The lecturer and the facilitator meet before the evaluation to discuss the group and any concerns the lecturer may have, any questions they would like answers to during the SGID
  • The facilitator arrives at the class as arranged, the lecturer leaves, and the group is asked 3 questions: 
  1. What has helped my learning on this course?
  2. What has hindered my learning on this course?
  3. What suggestions can you make for improving your learning?
  • The responses are collated on paper and consensus is sought where possible
  • The facilitator meets with the lecturer to discuss responses to the issues raised and provide a written summary. The lecturer decides a plan of action and what to discuss with the group to close the feedback loop.

 

Who gets copies of the feedback?

  • The lecturer, and the lecturer can choose to share this with his/her manager/programme leader/Te Puna Ako in order to seek assistance with changes (programme, course, assessment, pedagogy, classroom management, etc.) that may be necessary.

 

What are the benefits of SGID?

  • Qualitative data – students’ voices – are heard and acknowledged
  • Information is obtained that can be used immediately
  • Students appreciate the discussion time and the opportunity to have the feedback loop closed
  • SGID can be used alongside Unitec’s SEQUAL evaluation system, or as an alternative (with the agreement of the programme committee), or simply to take a snapshot of how the group is thinking at that point in time, giving the lecturer an opportunity to make improvements

 

 Te Puna Ako run SGID facilitator training sessions. Please contact Diana Ayling to attend one of these. Te Puna Ako also maintain the register of trained SGID facilitators

 

The SGID Workshop

 

 

NOTE: If you are a programme leader and would like to use a tool to elicit students feedback for performance management reasons, the SGID is not appropriate. Instead, we suggest a Student Focus Group (SFG).

Te Puna Ako are happy to support and advise programme leaders about how to conduct a Student Focus Group (SFG) to elicit issues about a teacher's performance. The student group forum would typically be facilitated by the programme leader or performance manager of the course teacher.

  

Te Puna Ako Guidelines for Student Focus Group facilitation

  • Te Puna Ako advisors will not facilitate a Student Focus Group
  • TPA advisors will work with programme leaders to advise how an SFG ought to be facilitated – identify issues that have majority support, seeking consensus on issues from students, guaranteeing confidentiality of students participating, eliminating personal comments about lecturers from feedback, working with teacher on specific feedback to be given to the students, following up on impact of any proposed changes agreed with students
  • Issues raised will be contained to discussions between teacher, students and programme leader
  • Te Puna Ako advisors are able to support teachers with any teaching and learning requirements that arise from the process, but will not be asked to report on the quality of teaching of any teacher.

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