Forward FOCUS

                                             Request the Forward FOCUS Survey for Moodle or Blackboard (Registration Closed for Spring)

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Forward FOCUS? 

Forward FOCUS (Feedback on Course Understanding and Skills) is an end-of-course survey developed by the UMass Center for Teaching and Learning. Forward FOCUS is: 

  • Forward-looking: What worked for you and your students this semester, and how can you use that information to re-envision your teaching of this course in the future? 
  • Focused on student understanding and opportunity for skill development: What were the most valuable things that students learned in your course? 
  • Strengths-based and sensitive to academic disruption: What worked before the disruption, and why? What worked after the disruption and why? 

 

How does Forward FOCUS compare to SRTIs?  

 

The Forward Focus is a flexible tool. You can use the survey as designed, or add, delete, or modify questions to get the feedback that will be most helpful to you. Guidelines on how to develop questions for the Forward FOCUS will be sent directly to instructors and posted on the CTL website. 

 

How will I administer Forward FOCUS to students? 

Forward FOCUS is administered to students by faculty through their LMS (i.e., Blackboard or Moodle). Depending on your LMS, one of two things will happen after you indicate your interest in sharing this survey with your students: 

  • Moodle: You will be granted the ability to import the survey from a course called “Forward FOCUS.” We will notify you once you are added, and you can import the survey into your course(s), customize it if you choose, and then administer it to your students as an anonymous survey. The student responses will only be available to you. 
  • Blackboard: The survey will be added to your course. We will notify you once it’s been added to your course, and you can then customize it, and administer it to your students as an anonymous survey. The student responses will only be available to you. 

 

What support will I have to implement the Forward FOCUS?

Before Forward FOCUS administration 

After Forward FOCUS administration 

  • Online documentation for interpreting student responses given the context and response rates 
  • Open forums and individual consultations on making sense of and summarizing main ideas  
  • Workshops and webinars on thinking critically about student responses, using this information to refine this course, and sharing new ideas with colleagues 

 

How will my students benefit from completing the Forward FOCUS?

Students are prompted to reflect on the most important content and skills learned in your course. Reflection on the learning process helps solidify learning for long-term gains (Ambrose et al., 2010).  This survey also gives students an opportunity to reflect and share their experiences about the transition to remote learning. We encourage instructors to communicate the purposes of the Forward FOCUS to their students in order to increase the student response rate.  

                                        Request the Forward FOCUS Survey for Moodle or Blackboard (Registration Closed for Spring)