Small Group Analysis

What is Small Group Analysis?

Small Group Analysis is a method used to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching strategies in order to help instructors improve their techniques and offer better educational experiences.



This exercise provides the instructor with constructive feedback from students by keeping the suggestions anonymous and encouraging free communication by eliminating the pressure of direct confrontation. 


How does it work?

Small Group Analysis is relatively simple and takes only five easy steps to complete: 

Step One: Instructors submit requests to schedule a date and time with an impartial member of the Faculty Commons.

Step TwoThe Instructor and CFC staff member meet to determine the purpose of the SGA.

Step Three: A CFC staff member attends arranged class period and takes 30 minutes without the instructor present to obtain student feedback.

Step Four: The Faculty Commons staff member formulates the summaries into a report explaining the student feedback.

Step Five: The CFC staff member and the Instructor have a final consultation discussing the report and possible next steps.



Small Group Analysis offers multiple advantages to benefit long-term improvement:

  • The anonymous nature makes students more comfortable sharing their feedback.
  •  The student feedback tells instructors which elements of their teaching methods are effective or could be more effective.



Small Group Analysis is available to all instructors.



For other questions or scheduling contact one of the following: 

Martha Diede:  (828) 227-2762 or
Stephen LeBeau:  (828) 227-3456 or



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