Learn about GPS
Most teachers know (and the research confirms) that performance-based feedback in the moment is a key to student success. GPS is a tool that enables you to give consistent formative feedback throughout the duration of the term/semester.
GPS is Northern Arizona University's Academic Feedback Tool (Early Alert System) - that converts your quick input and comments into:
- a personalized message to the students
- a notification in the student's MyNAU Portal
- an official entry in the student's official LOUIE record
Note: unlike other early alert systems, there is no “middle-man” in GPS- your message goes directly to the student and the documentation of your message in the student LOUIE record creates a composite of student performance based on instructor feedback that improves advisor and administrative interventions.
GPS is a flexible, time-saving tool!
- You determine the criteria and timing of its use (however, we recommend consistent use throughout the term/semester, and suggest you submit messages at the end of each week).
- Literally do it in a few clicks if you choose.
Here's how it works
You can send a GPS email to a student once each week - this ensures students do not become desensitized to this form of messaging.
- Log into GPS (via your Faculty/Instructors tab in LOUIE) - preferably at the end of each week
- Enter comments for your students using the easy to use input form
- Click 'Send All Unsent Messages'
In addition to the personalized message, the email contains links to resources, actions to consider, and important dates/deadlines.
Ultimately, the GPS emails you send enables campus-wide support for your students because these data are used to form real-time academic composite views of students performance which advisors, administration, and supporting staff utilize in outreach/intervention efforts.