Blog & opinion
12 November 2019 • Vivian van Aerde-Muiser
An examination process to be proud of
I fulfil a wonderful double role within the Hague University of Applied Sciences: I work as the BRV faculty office manager and am also the process owner of the university-wide examination process that is being implemented through the Back on Track programme. So I work at a faculty, but I’m also active across the entire organisation, a very diverse and enriching experience! I learn a lot about new topics and get to know new colleagues (for example those who work in service departments).
The role of the process owner is to ensure the implementation of the examination process after completing the Back on Track programme. Together with the process managers, I will make sure that the process continues to be a priority, complies with legal requirements and regulations, and if necessary, I will implement improvements. But that doesn’t mean that the process owners don’t play an active role right now!
I am involved in each step and talk a lot with Johan Drost (programme manager Examination process optimisation), fellow process owners and other parties involved. Colleagues from faculties and service departments also come to me with any examination related issues and/or questions. I share these and other signals with the programme or elsewhere in the organisation. This way I have a nice role as a liaison between the programme, the service departments and the faculty.
And that’s important: I have noticed that the examination process is an important issue within the entire university of applied sciences that is constantly in the spotlight. This engagement and a desire to improve things is very important and I see this programme as a real opportunity for qualitative improvements in the examination process. For example, I think that the examination app RemindoToets will make it a lot easier for lecturers to create safe digital examinations.
Of course there are challenges we must overcome: Optimising the examination process has to go hand in hand with other examination-related projects, such as digital examinations, the renovations of the Sports Centre and the THUAS Housing Masterplan. To ensure that the process is properly implemented and future-proof, cooperation has to be flawless. Another challenge is to implement the programme together with the implementation of the Educational Framework. How will we balance the daily routine of the school while also improving the processes? As Clemens Berendsen said in the last Back on Track blog: We have to do it together and sometimes step outside of our comfort zone. That will allow us to work together on an examination process we can all be proud of!
Vivian van Aerde-Muiser, faculty office manager BRV and process owner of the university-wide examination process (part of the Back on Track Examination Process Optimisation programme)
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.