13 February 2017 • By Lotte Hoes
Survey: What’s wrong with our timetables?
What should be done to improve our timetables? This is what THUAS is trying to find out by conducting a large survey among roughly 250 students.
So far, one of its findings is that many students are annoyed by the number of gaps they have between classes or, conversely, not getting enough breaks between classes. Other things they don’t like are sometimes being scheduled for only one class a day and the frequent long delays in getting their definite timetable. When it comes to access to their timetable, many students would like to have an app for this.
A special app? Actually, THUAS is working on this already but its development has nothing to do with this large-scale student survey about their preferences and complaints concerning scheduling.
This information was gathered by various means. At least a hundred students wrote their dreams and preferences on a wall in the Innovation Playground. Others expressed what they had to say before a camera, with an e-mail or via an interview. No more information-gathering sessions are scheduled at this time according to Esther van Baaijen, one of the researchers working on the scheduling issue. ‘But students who still want to provide their input can always send us an e-mail and we’ll be sure to include it in the project.’
‘The students won’t be noticing many real changes in the near future,’ says Van Baaijen. ‘At this time, we’re still working on listing their preferences and complaints concerning the scheduling process. The next step will involve having a widely diverse group, ranging from students to deans, brainstorming solutions for the scheduling problems. Then, if we can improve something immediately, we will be sure to get it done.’