The MAP Request Form is closed for the spring 2023 semester.
If you would like to collect your own student feedback, please see our Guidelines for Implementing Your Own Mid-Semester Assessment (available on OneDrive with a UMass account). If you have any questions about the MAP program, please contact Beth Lisi at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a MAP?
|A CTL consultant collects, analyzes, and synthesizes student feedback on the course.||Then meets with you to discuss the feedback and possible teaching strategies.||After thanking your students for their feedback, you share any course changes you may make.|
The MAP is a confidential and voluntary service the CTL provides to instructors to enable them to get student feedback on a course while the course is in progress. After collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing student feedback, a CTL consultant will meet with you to share the MAP Summary Report and discuss possible teaching strategies. After the consultation, you will share a summary of the feedback with your students, any changes you may make in response to the MAP, and thank them for taking the time to provide feedback.
Instructors may request one MAP per semester for one course section on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to faculty.
How does the MAP Program work?
We are now offering instructors the opportunity to request a face-to-face or remote MAP. The table below depicts the differences between the two options.
|Description||Face-to-Face MAP||Remote MAP|
|Timing of the MAP||Conducted any time during weeks 4-9 of the semester.||Conducted any time during weeks 4-9 of the semester.|
|Takes the first 20-25 minutes of class time on a specific class day.||Survey is open for 7 days.|
Conducted in a face-to-face course on the Amherst campus only.
|Conducted in a face-to-face course on the Mount Ida and Springfield campuses only. Conducted in fully online courses.|
|Feedback Collection Process||
|Timing of the Post-Map Consultation||Approximately one week after feedback is collected.||
Approximately one week after the survey closes.
|Considerations||A face-to-face MAP will take 20-25 minutes at the beginning of class.||Due to challenges with response rates, we encourage instructors to remind students often about the survey during the MAP week.|
What are the benefits of doing a MAP?
|Gain insights into teaching||Instructor||Opens up a dialogue about teaching||Students||Examine assumptions about teaching|
|Learn targeted strategies||Increases trust||Encourages student reflection|
By doing a MAP, instructors will gain insights into their teaching and how students learn in their classes, as well as identify specific strategies to improve their instruction. Students also benefit from participating in a MAP: they are given opportunities to examine their assumptions about teaching and reflect on their learning. Past participants of the MAP noted that the experience helped to open up a dialogue with their students on teaching and learning, increased the level of trust between student and teacher, and contributed to an effective learning environment.
If you would like to collect your own student feedback, please see our Guidelines for Implementing Your Own Mid-Semester Assessment (available on OneDrive with a UMass account).