28 October 2019 • Clemens Berendsen
It’s time for something new
During my interview last September, I talked about the positive outcomes of the Back on Track programme for lecturers and students: more time for education and guidance. I also talked about the difficulties of the implementation phase. Because those are real. But that’s perfectly normal. This is a huge undertaking. An enormous challenge that demands a lot from all the people involved. And that’s a lot of people. But Back on Track is also important, or rather essential for the correct implementation of education processes and consequently the quality of our education.
The implementation of Back on Track means we have to change the way we work. I understand this can be quite challenging and not always fun, but we will have to step outside of our comfort zone. Right now I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone by writing this blog: sharing an informal text in which I express my opinions and thoughts. That is new and exciting, but also important. Every month you will receive an update on Back on Track straight from me.
One thing which does make it easier to step outside of our comfort zone, is the fact that we are doing it together. Degree programmes, education and services are working on education processes. That is why the programme teams and faculties have been discussing right from the start how we can implement improvements. We will continue this wonderful form of co-creation. At the moment the programme team for Education Scheduling is working on a proof of concept with the degree programmes, to see how we can better support education. And the team for Examination Process Optimisation is conducting various pilots with the lecturers to learn from their experiences.
We achieve the best results by working together. We are seeing the first results in Education Scheduling. And like all new things, the results are mixed. I hear good things from lecturers and students, and some of the faculties now have a more stable timetable. Other faculties have undertaken important steps, but have not yet achieved the desired results. We can’t celebrate yet as we still have a way to go. But we do build on what we have accomplished so far and in the next semester we will continue our efforts. We will be doing this together, improving each time.
Clemens Berendsen, Back on Track programme manager
Back On Track Blog
Published every two weeks, the Back on Track Blog reflects on current issues, opportunities and challenges of the Back on Track programme. The blog combines a regular contribution by Clemens Berends (the Back on Track programme manager) with various guest blogs.
About Back on Track:
Back on Track improves the efficiency and quality of key educational processes. This is achieved through these four programmes: Education Scheduling, Internship and Graduation Process Optimisation, Period Evaluation and Examination Process Optimisation.