GVSU's University Academic Senate recommends that all classes that
have in-person meeting times dedicate some time during one of those
in-person sessions for students to complete their LIFT
questionnaires. Students should be notified in advance so they can
bring appropriate electronic devices. Of course students who do not
have a capable device should be encouraged to respond, and should not
be made to feel self-conscious about inability to complete LIFT during
the in-class time.
In general, instructors should prepare their students to participate
constructively in LIFT. Let your students know that the invitations
will come via email, that they are expected to give thoughtful
feedback, and that their responses are used to make meaningful
decisions about curriculum, pedagogy, and personnel. Once the
questionnaire is open, it is helpful to provide the link to students
through an alternate channel, such as Blackboard or a personal email.
However, take care to post/forward the correct link, since sending
people to an incorrect link is counterproductive.
Many instructors have found it beneficial to offer either a
group-based or individual incentive to participation. A group-based
incentive might be triggered by the entire section achieving a certain
completion rate, and the reward would be given to every student in the
section. Individual incentives require the instructor to know which
particular students completed questionnaires, and only those students
would be rewarded. GVSU does not have an official policy forbidding
or condoning either of these practices. In particular, instructors
should not offer individual incentives without consulting first with
their department to determine (a) whether the faculty finds the
practice to be ethically appropriate, and (b) whether the LIFT
Coordinator will be able to provide the list of individual completers
(faculty members cannot access this information themselves).