Formative Assessment of Classroom Teaching (FACT and eFACT) Program
Goal: To assist instructors with their own reflective teaching by providing anonymous mid-semester feedback from their students for their face-to-face and online courses.
Requesting a FACT: Any faculty member may request a FACT or eFACT for their own course. A FACT is most effective when a faculty member is willing be use reflection and self-assessment to improve their teaching. A FACT is not effective if it is required and is not intended for evaluation purposes.
Timing: FACTs are conducted mid-semester (around weeks 6-8), after students have received at least one grade item and with enough of the semester left for potential changes in the instructor's approaches to facilitating learning.
When requesting a FACT/eFACT visit, please consider a course from which you would get the most valuable feedback. CETL staff are happy to discuss this with you.
Process: After a FACT is requested, CETL assigns a trained FACT Consultant from a different college to visit one of the instructor's classes, usually during the last 20-25 minutes. The instructor is not present during the FACT visit. A similar process is conducted for eFACTs for online courses.
The FACT Consultant asks the students to reflect on what helps and hinders their learning and to provide suggestions on how to improve their learning experiences in the course. The Consultant and the students discuss the responses and help one another better understand the learning process.
After the FACT visit, the instructor and FACT Consultant meet to share the anonymous student feedback. The instructor also discusses with their students how they will use the feedback.
Consultants: FACT Consultants provide a service to the USI community. They are trained to facilitate the FACT process. The training includes having a FACT conducted for one’s own class, observing a FACT visit, and conducting a FACT visit under observation. FACT Consultants and trainees meet at the beginning and end of the academic year to discuss common guidelines and process and to share insights and suggestions. FACT Consultants must adhere to confidentiality.
To schedule a FACT visit, please complete the brief form below.