The Small Group Instructional Diagnostic (SGID) is a technique for gathering student feedback during a course. It is usually done during the first third to half of the semester. The process takes approximately 1 hour. Students are first asked to give feedback individually, then they share their thoughts with a small group, and finally the entire class comes to a consensus. The facilitator prepares a report summarizing the findings of the SGID for the instructor. This approach tends to achieve several goals. It engages students and lets them know that their professor respects and values their thoughts. It gives the professor an in-depth view of how students perceive the course and where changes might be made early enough in the course to be meaningful. It also encourages a more reflective evaluation of the class than typical end-of-semester ratings. A more in-depth description of the SGID process is found at the National Teaching and Learning Forum website.