What is a Mid-semester Analysis Poll (MAP)?
Just as a geographical map provides guidance and direction to help you orient yourself in space and make informed navigational decisions, a pedagogical MAP provides formative feedback and data to help you gauge your students’ learning and make informed instructional decisions. The MAP process helps you know how your students perceive where they have been in the course, how they got there, and where they are going. A MAP will also help you see your course from a new perspective at the middle of the semester, leaving you time to continue pedagogical practices that are effective and revise what may not be working before the class is over.
A MAP consists of three parts: an instructor pre-meeting, a class-polling visit, and an instructor post-meeting. The process starts with an instructor pre-meeting to become familiar with your course and discuss the process. During the class-polling visit we will give students the opportunity to reflect about what is helping or impeding their learning, as well as what could be improved individually, as a group, and as a whole class.
In the post-meeting, we wilI debrief the results of the class-polling visit as we discuss trends and themes. You will be provided with a written report and additional resources. The MAP process includes individual student reflection and accountability measures, as well as detailed qualitative and quantitative data collection to share with you in the post-meeting.
The deadline for requesting a MAP is at least two weeks in advance of the possible MAP visit and no later than the end of the sixth week of semester.
What are the benefits of a MAP?
- Provides evidence-based quantitative and qualitative data about student perceptions of a course
- Allows for more in-depth student feedback than may be provided through end-of-course evaluations
- Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their learning and feel that their voices have been heard
- Captures divergent views through a voluntary and anonymous process
- Is intentionally structured and thoughtfully facilitated to be an overall positive experience
Who can request a MAP?
Anyone teaching at TCU can request a Mid-semester Analysis Poll (MAP). A MAP is a method of evaluation that uses facilitated classroom discussion to provide feedback to improve teaching and student learning. MAPs are not administered by the instructor of record but by Koehler Center staff and require a dedicated class period. MAPs are available to be scheduled during the third through eighth week of the fall and spring terms.
How do I schedule an MAP?
To arrange a MAP, simply fill out the form below.
For larger departmental needs, we can also train faculty members to facilitate the MAPs within departments; this strategy is most successful for departments wishing to conduct multiple MAPs within a given semester or academic year.