27 June 2017 • Michelle Rossit
Feedback results pizza session student survey on the schedule
The Hague University is working to improve the schedules and thus increase student satisfaction. Earlier this year, experiences, complaints and student wishes about their schedule were invented. These wishes of students have been translated into principles for a “good schedule”.
The 15th of June, a ‘pizza survey session’ was held in the Innovation Playground where students were asked about how satisfied they are about their class schedule for the past year in general, the number of contact hours, the start and end times of their class day, the number of self-study hours, number and duration of breaks, satisfaction with the way and moment of communicating about (changes in) the schedules and classrooms.
The students say they would like to start the lessons between 9 and 10 and would like to end between 4 and 5. They find 60 minutes the ideal lesson duration and want to have between 3 and 6 contact hours a day. Half of the students surveyed prefer 4 days lesson per week.
The student preferably has 2 to a maximum of 4 hours of self-study per day.
Breaks and walking time
What the research suggests is that the students surveyed are mostly dissatisfied with the number and duration of their breaks. A majority of students find half an hour lunch break the most ideal. Ideally, after 2 contact hours of 45 minutes, students want a break.
Most students would like a 5 to 10 minute walking time between continuous classes. In the event they have a block lesson, students would like to use this walking time to continue the lesson or stop earlier.
Communication and accessibility of schedules
The vast majority is satisfied with the accessibility of their class schedules. A quarter of the respondents are not satisfied with the suitability of the space for their class. A small minority of students do not like the fact that they themselves have too few opportunities to reserve rooms themselves.
A quarter of students would like to know a block in advance on which days they have lessons, the same number wants to know his / her contact hours a day at least one week in advance and also in which room the lesson takes place.
Most students find that changes in the start and end times of the lesson days in a week may not occur more often than per education block. One-fifth of the respondents do not mind receiving monthly changes in their schedule.
Following this pizza session, a number of scenarios are being developed for a new timetable. These will be submitted to a group, consisting of students and teachers, at the beginning of the academic year. In addition, Proof of Concepts will take place at the faculties in the near future. If you have any questions, additions or comments, you can reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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