Guidelines for Departmental Administration of Forward FOCUS

Guidelines for Departmental Administration of Forward FOCUS

Fall 2021

Steps for faculty in departments that elect the Forward FOCUS as their student evaluation instrument for Fall 2021: 

The Forward FOCUS is available in Moodle or Blackboard.

  1. You do not need to request or register for the Forward FOCUS if you are the instructor of record. 
  2. The Forward FOCUS is not automatically sent to students; instructor action is required. 
  3. After responses have been collected, the instructor must close the Forward FOCUS survey and then export the responses in .csv format to send to their department. The CTL does not have access to student responses to Forward FOCUS:

For assistance downloading responses to FOCUS, please email instruct@umass.edu.

For questions on making the Forward FOCUS available to teaching assistants, please see our FAQ page or contact instruct@umass.edu.

 

Spring 2021

Steps for faculty in departments that chose the Forward FOCUS as their student evaluation instrument for Spring 2021:

  1. All instructors with teaching responsibilities in Spring 2021 needed to individually request access to the Forward FOCUS at https://umassamherst.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aUVLkNgYgaZQDL7
  2. Once instructors received an email notification that the FOCUS is available to them (typically within 48 hours), they also received instructions on how to provide their students with access to the Forward FOCUS survey
  3. Although instructor courses were transitioned to Moodle in the Cloud in Summer 2021, to access student responses to the Forward FOCUS, instructors must visit the Legacy Moodle site (moodle.umass.edu).
  4. After responses have been collected, the instructor must close the Forward FOCUS survey and then export the responses in .csv format.
    1. Moodle instructions: choose “Choice text” ONLY
    2. Blackboard instructions

 

For assistance downloading responses to FOCUS, please email instruct@umass.edu.