Teaching Analysis Polls (TAPs)

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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 consultants, trained by CFI. Click here for a listing of TAPs 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.

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