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.

Request a TAP consultation

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Instructors can request TAPs during the first two weeks of every semester. TAPs are then conducted between the fifth and ninth weeks. This timing ensures that students are able to provide meaningful feedback and that instructors have ample time to effectively act upon this input before the end of the semester. As always, the number of TAP requests that the CFI can accommodate depends on the generosity and availability of our volunteer TAP consultants.

The TAP Consultation Process
  • The TAP process takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on the class size, followed by an individual debrief with a CFI consultant at a later date/time.
  • On the day of the TAP, after the instructor leaves the room, the CFI consultant introduces the TAP process to the students.
  • Students work in small groups to answer the TAP questions (e.g., what is helping your learning in this course?) and then post their responses.
  • The CFI consultant then discusses the results with the whole class, noting points of consensus as well as disagreement.
  • After the TAP, the CFI consultant prepares an anonymized report of the results to share with the instructor.
  • Finally, the CFI consultant meets with the instructor to review the results and brainstorm future courses of action (30-60 minutes).

Questions about the TAP process? Email cfi@jmu.edu.

Current TAP (Teaching Analysis Polls) Consultants

TAP consultants are volunteers selected from among JMU instructional faculty.  They wish to enrich the professional development landscape for other faculty; value the role of formative assessment in the learning environment; and possess an interest in university faculty development. These faculty volunteers engage in a training/mentoring, and then consult/assist with 3-4 courses per semester, in addition to their own teaching schedules. 

Jen Almjeld College of Arts & Letters
Kenn Barron College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
James O Benedict Faculty Emeriti, College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Aaron Bodle College of Education
Ed Brantmeier Center for Faculty Innovation, and College of Education
Daisy Breneman College of Arts and Letters
Sarah Brooks College of Visual & Performing Arts
Andreas Broscheid Center for Faculty Innovation, and College of Arts & Letters
Liam Buckley College of Arts & Letters, and Center for Faculty Innovation
Michael Deaton College of Integrated Science & Engineering
Peter Eubanks College of Arts and Letters
Emily Gravett Center for Faculty Innovation, and College of Arts & Letters
Art Hamilton College of Business
Steve Harper College of Intergrated Science & Engineering, and Center for Faculty Innovation
Lindsey Harvell-Bowman College of Arts and Letters
Robbie Higdon College of Education
Michelle Hughes College of Education
Krisztina Jakobsen College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Debi Kipps-Vaughan College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Michael Kirkpatrick College of Integrated Science & Engineering
S. E.  Kruck College of Business
Rick Larson HR Training & Performance
Natalie Kerr  Lawrence College of Arts & Letters
Kristi Lewis College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Paul Mabrey The Learning Centers
Neil Marrin College of Business
Smita Mathur College of Education, and Center for Faculty Innovation
Chris Mayfield College of Intergrated Science & Engineering
Catherine Ann McKay College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Cara Meixner Center for Faculty Innovation, and College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Carole Nash College of Intergrated Science & Engineering
Leigh Nelson College of Arts & Letters
Bayo Ogundipe College of Integrated Science & Engineering
Scott Paulson College of Science & Math
Raymond Rodriguez College of Education
Kristin Sowden Academic Advising
Karin Tollefson-Hall College of Visual & Performing Arts
Roger Tomhave College of Visual & Performing Arts
Colleen Watson College of Science & Math

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