Learning Analysis Poll
Around the semester midpoint it’s a good idea to solicit feedback from students about how the course is going.
Benefits of the LAP process:
- The LAP gives the instructor more details than do written evaluations because students have time to discuss the course in a confidential and interactive setting, while the consultant monitors responses to eliminate vagueness.
- Students appreciate instructor interest in hearing their ideas about the course. Faculty also appreciate not having to read through written evaluations which can offer grating ambiguities and negative remarks.
- Only responses that have been agreed upon by a majority vote are reported, so the instructor knows that most students concur with the suggestions.
- A LAP requires only thirty minutes of class time, and an additional 30-45 minutes outside of class to review the results.
- What instructors learn from a LAP, especially one done in the first six weeks of the semester, helps them and the students get more from the course—with no delay.
The LAP Process:
- The LAP process takes about 30 minutes in class with students followed by an individual consultation between CTL consultant and faculty.
- CTL consultant introduces the LAP process to the students after the instructor has left the classroom (5 minutes).
- Students work in small groups to answer the LAP questions (10 minutes).
- CTL consultant discusses results with students (15 minutes).
- CTL consultant meets at a later date/time with instructor to review results and offers suggestions for responding to the comments(30-45 minutes)
Interested in conducting a LAP for your class? Please use the CTL Consultation Request Form to begin the scheduling process.