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Teaching Analysis Polls (TAPs)

TAPS for Spring 2016  has filled.  Please consider using this resource for next semester.

The Teaching Analysis Poll (TAP) is a mid-semester evaluation technique that provides instructors with rich qualitative feedback from their students regarding the learning environment in a course.  Feedback obtained from a TAP can be used for focused reflections on one’s teaching to enhance classroom interactions, student learning, and teaching strategies. Most importantly, the instructor receives feedback at mid-point of the semester, when s/he can meaningfully include students in the feedback loop.

TAPS are conducted by a volunteer faculty consultant, trained by CFI.

The TAP process for small (n<60) and large (N>60) classes differs. 

 TAP in small classes: 

  • The TAP process takes about 30 minutes in class with students followed by an individual consultation between CFI TAP consultant and faculty.
  • CFI consultant introduces the TAP process to the students after the instructor has left the classroom (5 minutes).
  • Students work in small groups to answer the TAP questions and then put their responses on the whiteboard (or blackboard) (10 minutes).
  • CFI consultant discusses results with students (15 minutes).
  • CFI consultant meets at a later date/time with instructor to review results (30-45 minutes)

 TAP  in large classes:

  • The TAP process is spread over two consecutive class meetings followed by an individual consult between CFI TAP consultant and faculty.
  • Day 1
    • CFI consultant introduces the TAP process to the students after the instructor has left the classroom (5 minutes)
    • Students work in small groups to answer the TAP questions and then put their responses into an online survey (10 minutes)
    • CFI consultant reviews survey results for next class intervention.
  • Day 2
    • CFI consultant discusses results with students (15 minutes)
    • CFI consultant meets at a later date/time with instructor to review results (30-45minutes)
Questions about the TAP process?  Email cfi@jmu.edu.