Forward FOCUS

Request the Forward FOCUS for Fall 2020 

Forward FOCUS (Feedback on Course Understanding and Skills) is an end-of-course confidential 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 improve your 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? 
  • ActionableWhat changes would improve their learning experience?
  • ModifiableYou can add, delete, or modify questions to fit your course.

Forward FOCUS is available to send to your students through Moodle and Blackboard.  Registration opens the first month of the semester.

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Forward FOCUS in the News

  • UMass Advance leadership team members Ethel L. Mickey, Dessie Clark, and Joya Misra wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed in which the CTL’s Forward FOCUS was mentioned as one way that UMass has responded to the pandemic to equitably support faculty.
  • The Forward FOCUS, in conjunction with the voluntary SRTI developed by the OAPA, was one of 5 finalists for the Innovation Award by the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education. See all finalists on the conference webpage.