TAPSTI uses the “ADDIE Model” consisting of Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. We mainly focus through a Constructivist lens to capitalize on discovery learning, hands-on experiences, collaboration, projects, and being task-based in the application of what our students learn. This system actually began as a military interservice training modality through Florida State University and has become applied through TAPSTI to apply to the public safety environment in much the same way. When we began designing training we then included the Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements for defining the goals and objectives of the training as “Terminal Performance Objectives” (TPOs).
These TPOs are defined during the Analysis Phase of the training creation. We study who the learners are, desired outcomes, distance learning constraints, and how Adult Learning Theory could be applied within training timelines. We initiate the Design Phase to meet the needs of the analysis which then forms the foundation of what the course includes. In the Development Phase we search for applicable learning materials so we can provide these as freely as possible to the largely government-based student audience to minimize their costs while also providing top quality material. As a result, most of our instructional material is federal in nature. As our organization grows we are creating more material in-house and students also submit their own writing, sources, pictures, etc..
During the Implementation Phase we roll out the lessons to trainers and request their feedback. This is where we make the best possible attempts to input their recommendations as to additional or newer information that would increase the effectiveness of the training. We make every effort to ensure training materials are no older than five years unless their value is either theoretical or so important to course understanding that their publication date is immaterial. Examples would be court transcripts of famous cases, manuscripts, etc.
In the Evaluation Phase we release the training and we analyze it by using student surveys, success rates, and instructor feedback. Every training Certificate and/or Certification is individually serial numbered so the version of the courses the student completed to earn it is a permanent part of their academic record. We believe this constant revision and upgrading delivers a superior online and classroom product.