Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 17th February 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 17th February 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Alex Burford Learning Technologist, Sophie Mills Student Support Officer, Mitchell Hunter Computing Support Officer, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Kendal Reid ITO

UG1

INF1-CG the students feel the quantity of the course material is too much, could the reading be more condensed to relevant pages and chapters, not the entire book!

INF1B the students feel the coursework is taking much longer to complete, it states that the coursework shouldn’t take any longer than 10 hours but some students are finding they are spending a lot longer to complete it and some areas of the assignment is new and they don’t have previous knowledge from the past few weeks.  Coursework one was marked although it was only for feedback purposes.

Not to mix two new concepts together in the first assignment. For many students who are new to Java, understanding how to complete the assignment using a software design pattern ( MVC ) they have no experience with can be twice as challenging.

In former years, assignment 1 used to be optional, another suggestion was to still keep it as optional (doesn’t count towards the final grade) but provide feedback for the ones who submit it so that everyone is up to speed with the course expectations, this may be particularly useful for beginners.

Could the tutorials be cut to just one hour, they find the hour and half in the tutorials are not productive.

The Piazza posts are being answered but are mainly student endorsed answers and not from an official source, could more questions be answered?

In general the course is running at a good pace, the slides and example slides and the text book is good for learning.

The email from the UG1 Rep Yuto to the class on Monday made everyone smile.

The Proofs and Problem Solving course is not following the University 7 day extension policy, could this be raised?

*Action Neil*

Engineering Design course is reported to be disorganised and any discussions are not replied to.

Calculus and Applications is well organised but the students would like to see more Stack books.

UG2

No issues to report this week.

UG3

No issues to report this week

CS the coursework was released early which was appreciated by the students.

UG4/5

Exam scripts the students have been told that the exam scripts do not contain feedback only a mark, a breakdown of the marks can be viewed.  Bjoern explained that even if an exam script was written like previous years they still would not contain feedback, the only thing that can be addressed is it the student feels a question has not been marked, the exam is the final assessment at the end of each course.

NLU is to work in a team and sometimes this doesn’t work, maybe for next year it could be helpful if this could be done individually and be supported on a non-DICE machine.

ML is great for learning but they felt the grading was harsh.

NAT the grades received were lower than expected.

MLP could project timelines be announced by the tutors, and could they be informed of what is expected weekly?

ADS there has been no tutorials lately.

THF is really well taught, could it be more catered around visualisations next year?  Neil suggested to bring this up at the next UG4 SSLC Meeting at the end of Semester 2.

Some students have reported to have a cluster of deadlines, the School does try and avoid this but sometimes it can’t be helped.

Positive:

IMC course material is excellent.

ST lectures and tutorials are going great.

MLP tutors are really helpful.

NLU ethics lectures are very interesting and it is a fun class.

BDL course is good and the marks and feedback are returned in advance.

COMN 100% coursework is good and is released early.

PA gave good marks and feedback and was returned earlier than expected for a 5 page essay.

MSc

The Project selection was to be announced on Monday, Bjoern explained that there are in the final stages of checking and an email will go out to the Supervisors very soon.

IVC the feedback was due last Friday, and announced it would be one week later, would this be an estimation date?  Bjoern explained that sometimes dates can be altered due to the size of the class and the number of markers.

IRR some students have received their feedback and some haven’t, this can be common if there are various markers.

General

There will be a launch of the new Extensions and Special Circumstances system on Tuesday 23rd February, the School hasn’t seen this yet until it goes live but it could prove to have some challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 10th February 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 10th February 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Lisa Branney Student Support Officer, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Kendal Reid ITO

Bjoern reminded the Reps to volunteer if possible for Teaching Hour tomorrow held by Judy Robertson, Thursday 11th February at 11am.

UG1

The Reps circulated a weekly survey and there was very few responses which we can take as everyone’s is happy and busy.

INF1B the survey task was delayed in being released from the Monday to the Thursday but Fiona the lecturer had already informed the class of this.

UG2

There was very few responses to this week’s survey that was circulated.

INF2-IADS they feel the coursework is a lot of work for something that is only worth 10%.

*Action Bjoern to talk to the lectures*

INF2-FDS the students would like more content on Data Science, Bjoern suggested to look at the course descriptor to see what is covered and the Learn pages for the course overview, if there is a mismatch then they can contact the Course Organiser.

http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/20-21/dpt/cxinfr08030.htm

It was asked how students could go about extending their knowledge on learning more on research?  Bjoern explained that there are more research opportunities between 3rd and 4th year and over the summer, which is paid and the studenst should look for any research opportunities that maybe advertised in courses or in emails.

UG3

At the start of the semester some course were not available for 4th year, this year due to the pandemic some courses were removed, next year the School will be running more courses, although the School prefers to have two or more lectures on each course to provide cover incase of any circumstances that may arise, and the School is planning on running more course on Machine Learning.

The DRPS page will go live on the 22nd April.

UG4/5

No Reps were in attendance.

MSc

Projects

http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/diss/

Is it normal for a PhD student to assist in the Project Supervisor and Bjoern explained that it is, although if a student is only having contact with a PhD who is assisting and not the Supervisor then to let him know, as this shouldn’t happen.

*Action Bjoern*

It is reported that some supervisors are taking their time to reply to emails, Bjoern also explained that some project supervisors that have popular projects can become overloaded with emails, if there is no response to inform Bjoern.  Some supervisors hold a meeting that invites everyone to attend and ask questions, some students find this useful.

General

Extensions:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/students/welcome-back/continuing-your-studies/exams-and-assessment

We have removed barriers from students accessing extra time to complete coursework assessments.

  • Students can apply for a 7-day extension to a deadline for coursework, which will be approved automatically (i.e. they do not need to demonstrate a valid reason);
  • Where an extension of less than 7 days is normally the maximum permitted, this will be approved automatically; some assessments (e.g. for weekly assessments) do not allow extensions;
  • Where students require an extension of longer than 7 days, they can apply through the Special Circumstances process;
  • Some Schools have already amended deadlines for coursework or dissertations, or offered blanket extensions to all students; we have encouraged all Schools to consider where they may be able to do this, while also ensuring students receive timely feedback on assessment.

Graduations:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-administration/graduations/2021-ceremonies

It was asked if students could get exam feedback and it was explained that there is no feedback on the exam papers, it is just marks, the exam diet is to mark the end of the study and although feedback is given in the courses throughout the year this does not happen with exams, as the students should by the end show that they have learned the relevant course and the final is the exam.

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 3rd February 2021

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Judy Robertson Chair in Digital Learning, Karen Davidson Student Support Officer, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Kendal Reid ITO

Update from last week:

Neil has still to talk to the School of Maths regarding the volume of reading in Calculus.

INF2-IADS the lecturers will try and release their lecture notes earlier if possible.

Bjoern is hoping to have a meeting with the Reps and Jane Hillston the Head of School around the 25th February to talk about what goes on behind the scenes in the School.

Judy Robertson who runs weekly  Teaching sessions has invited the Reps to volunteer to attend:

Session date 11/2/21 @11am online.

Each volunteer will prepare 5 minutes informal talk with the following prompts:

  1. What 3 words would you use to describe studying online during the pandemic?
  2. What features of online courses work well for you and why?
  3. What features of online course don’t work for you and why?
  4. What has been the best moment for you during an online class this year?
  5. If you had to teach an online course, what is the most important thing you would do?

Be respectful in your answers, and do not criticize individual courses or staff members. The staff who attend the meetings genuinely want to learn how to become better at online teaching and have been working very hard at it.

UG1

INF1B is going really well and the students are happy, the lecturer is very good and sends weekly surveys to students to see how things are going.

INF1-CG the labs are very helpful, and the tutors are good.

Calculus screen cast was released this week but there was trouble is trying to understand what the tutor was saying.

Stack books did not happen this week, and they didn’t receive any practical questions that they would normally receive which was previously useful.

The new mitigation policy that was sent out has was well received.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/students/welcome-back/continuing-your-studies/exams-and-assessment

We have removed barriers from students accessing extra time to complete coursework assessments.

  • Students can apply for a 7-day extension to a deadline for coursework, which will be approved automatically (i.e. they do not need to demonstrate a valid reason);
  • Where an extension of less than 7 days is normally the maximum permitted, this will be approved automatically; some assessments (e.g. for weekly assessments) do not allow extensions;
  • Where students require an extension of longer than 7 days, they can apply through the Special Circumstances process;
  • Some Schools have already amended deadlines for coursework or dissertations, or offered blanket extensions to all students; we have encouraged all Schools to consider where they may be able to do this, while also ensuring students receive timely feedback on assessment.

UG2

The Reps sent out a questionnaire to the UG2 students asking about their workloads and 50% of the students that replied said they feel the workloads is very intense and the cluster of deadlines especially in the last 2 weeks was hard.  It was suggested that the lecturers modify their deadlines in the future.

INF2-SEPP could the reading content be more specific on reading sections rather than chapters?

INF2-FDS there was a guest lecture from the Business School last week but the students have not received any new content this week and they have not been given any practical programming it is all writing work and they are finding the live sessions very helpful.

INF2D the students are finding the lectures easy to follow.

INF2-IADS the students are really enjoying the lectures, especially John’s lectures.

UG3

No Reps were in attendance.

UG4

ADS there is a lack of tutorials, and the students are not understanding the material.

NLU some students are finding it difficult to do the programming using virtual DICE, Neil asked if the Reps could find out more information on this.

The School has agreed to extend the submission deadline for the Hons Project to the 12th April, extending it by 11 days.  Some students are not happy with this but Neil explained that extending the deadline any longer will have a knock on effect to other things, the University has deadlines set for work to be marked, moderated and returned.

MLP is going really well in Semester 2.

IMC the weekly updates, reminders and drop in labs are well received.

Some Project Supervisors are very good, Neil reminded the Reps that this kind of feedback could be done via the EUSA Teaching Awards to nominate someone who has been very good at what they do.

MSc

There has been no issues reported this week.

After a meeting with their Project Director they seemed to be surprised that these weekly meetings go ahead.  Bjoern explained that Project Directors are new and they are there to help with any challenges that occur.

IoTSSC it was requested by the students to the lecturer to have a machine learning lab, as some students don’t have a computer science background and the request was denied.

*Action Neil*

General

Will there be another Rep Training session provided by EUSA?

*Action Neil*

EUSA the Academic Sabbatical officer Fizzy worked hard on the safety net policies and involved a lot of reps from all over the University.

It was asked if it was possible to change your Degree title  and the answer was no creating new degree titles can take up to two years as a new programme would need to be put together.

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 20th January 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 20th January 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Karen Davidson Student Support Officer, Lisa Branney Student Support Officer, Carol Dow Computing Support, Kendal Reid ITO

Update from last week’s meeting, the School of Maths and the Business School do not put any course feedback on-line.

Neil has spoken to the lecturer regarding the workload for IoTSSC originally the course was designed to be done in pairs and then it changed to being done individually, the lecturer has stated that the course has the correct amount of work for a 20 credit course, and the course was approved by the School in advance.

Neil has also spoken with the lecturer for INF2-SEPP regarding the Learn pages.

UG1

INF1-CG appears to be having audio issues in live lectures, timetabling and reading issues and some students feel that they are self-teaching.

There has been 6 lectures and only one was live, there is no Q&A sessions.

INF1A is students fail the course will there be a no detriment policy in place like last year, Bjoern explained that the School is trying to support any challenges students may have.

INF1B the lecturer is reported to have bad wi-fi connection, as the screen keeps freezing.  There is weekly lab exercises that are really well explained and the course is well taught, the Java content is interesting.

UG2

INF2-SEPP the students find the live Q & A sessions proactive.

The students would like the lectures to be available when they are scheduled to be, as they work around a schedule of the lectures to be available when they should be.  Some readings are not available in the resource list!

INF2FDS the students are really enjoying the course and the activity on Piazza.  The students have asked why there is so much lecture material to cover around 2.5 hours a week, and they wondered if it was too much for a 20 credit course.

*Action Bjoern to look at the BoS approval*

Fundamentals of Pure Maths have Q&A sessions which are very helpful and questions prepared in advance are very good, the students are also enjoying the live sessions for Calculus.  The coursework that was released in week 0, was to get the students up and running.  Students are not happy that the Maths week runs from a Thursday to a Thursday they receive the reading on a Thursday with the first tutorial being held on a Monday.

*Action Neil to talk to the DoT of Maths*

UG3

No issues there has been a smooth transition into Semester 2.  CS has very good scheduling.

UG4

OS on Path it says it states every week there are 2 live lectures, 2 for PA and 1 for IoTSSC (with the only exception being weeks 7 and 11 for OS)

It was reported that there have been no live lectures for OS, people asked on Piazza and the lecturer clarified that after week 3 there may be live lectures.

PA live sessions seem to only happen once a week on either Tuesday or Friday; the schedule on the Learn page is the only place that says when live sessions will actually take place.

IoTSSC has had no live sessions so far; someone asked on Piazza and the lecturer said he will advertise some live slots in advance and that there are no live slots planned for the first few weeks.

PA is reported to be the best because the lecturer makes it clear in at least one way when live sessions actually happen, but it is annoying that Path says there are sessions when there are not.

Is there an update about the project deadline being extended, Bjoern is still talking with the Project Organiser.  There has also not been any information regarding the week 2 and 3 group presentations.   If no one has not heard from their supervisors then they should contact Barbara Web.

MSc

IPP CW1 has not been released yet.  It was asked if this course could be considered as a Pass/Fail course rather than being graded, it is a University Regulation Rule that this course, hence it being a marked course.  The Instrutors on the course are not very active on the Piazza page.

MSc Projects have still to be announced, they are meant to be available by the end of the day, if they aren’t contact Neil.

 General

 Publication date for the Non-Honours exam diet is the 15th February.  Students should only apply for an special circumstances if they feel they have been affected, and these should be applied for before the Board of Examiners meetings, students should not apply just because they have failed.  Progression decisions will be released  in August.

 Should Flexible Learning Week be classed as a holiday or should students be working?  Bjoern explained that the week has no scheduled teaching and the students can either have a break or use it to catch up with their work.

It is possible to set the exams for longer than 2 hours some students have reported that the 2 hours to do the exam and one the one hour format isn’t adequate for timezones, personal circumstances, etc.  Bjoern explained that if the exam was being take on campus then there would only be 2 hours to do it in, and we have to stick to this rule.

Neil asked the Reps if they could promote the EUSA Teaching Awards, as this is a good way to promote anyone who has done a particularly good job.

https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/yourvoice/ourwork/teachingawards/nominate/

The coursework planner for Semester 2 is still not up to date.

Some timetables are wrong, some lectures are showing as pre-recorded and then they turn out to be live and can be missed.

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 13th January 2021

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 13th January 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Karen Davidson Student Support Officer, Lisa Branney Student Support Officer, Mohammed Javaid Computing Support, Alex Burford Learning Technologist, Perdita Stevens MSc Programme Director, Kendal Reid ITO

UG1

It was asked if the Rep meetings could be made more transparent as not a lot of students check the Blog, or could an email be sent out weekly reminding people that it is there and available?

It was suggested by Alex that Google Groups can be set up and an email could be sent out to who wants to subscribe to a mailing list re the blog, students cannot be enrolled if they don’t give permission.

UG2

The students reported that they were unhappy that the Calculus course in Maths had set coursework starting on Monday of week 0 and wanted to know why?

ILA course is was reported that the tutors were jumping between 3 groups that were being held at the same time!

Neil explained that this could be due to staff resources but he will talk to Maths.

*Action Neil to talk to Maths*

INF2-SEPP Learn page is very disorganised.

UG3

No issues to report.

UG4

It was asked if the deadline of the UG4 Project at the start of April could be moved forward by a month.  Neil explained that he has spoken with Teaching Committee about this, and it could be possible to move the deadline but also remove the presentation part of the course, which holds no credit, although some students may find doing the presentation to be helpful, they could opt in to to do for the sake of feedback.

*Action Neil and Bjoern*

IoTSSC

It was reported that the course is overloaded with assessment, in previous years this was done with a partner but now it is to be done individually and the students feel the course is over assessed and could be problematic.

*Action Neil to talk to the lecturer*

MSc

If you are a part time MSc student, when can you take IPP, this can be flexible but would need to be discussed with your PT, and flexability could come with a concession.

Course Registration and Change information, can be found here:

https://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/students/taught-msc-handbook-2020-21/registration-change

IRR CW1 was delayed in the marks being returned with minimal feedback, and CW2 came back after the Christmas vacation again with minimal feedback and the students feel that they are not learning anything from the feedback.  Alex Burford looked into the IRR submissions and there appears to be good feedback within the rubric, maybe students are not aware of this!

The instructor for the course was very slow to reply to posts on Piazza.

Project proposals students can propose their own project but if they see one that a Supervisor has proposed and they would rather do that, then they can add the project to the list of choices.

General

Is it possible to get some feedback from courses in the School of Maths and the Business School?

*Action Neil*

Study space in Appleton Tower will not be available until at least 1st March, if students feel that they need to have this resource then to contact Neil directly, this could change due to changing Government Guidelines.

The students feel that they are being overloaded with emails being sent out regarding Teaching Roles, even though they do not have Teaching Role, could a mailing address be set up to stop receiving emails that are not appropriate to some?  Thee reason the emails go to everyone is to gain interest in any positions that they may be interested in applying for.

If a student has any issues with their Personal Tutor they can always contact the Senior Personal Tutor, Neil or Bjoern, the Year Organiser and the Student Support Staff.

The Coursework Planner can found on the below link:

https://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/admin/coursework-projects/semester-time-coursework-deadlines

The Rep Meeting Blog can be found here:

http://blog.inf.ed.ac.uk/issr/

Is there any course feedback available from last year, there was for Semester 1 but the University didn’t run a survey due to the COVID situation for Semester 2, the below link may be useful:

https://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/admin/course-survey-reports

The list of Student Reps can be found here:

https://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/students/year1/student-support/reps

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 16th December 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 16th December 2020

In attendance: Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Sophie Mills Student Support Officer, Gillian Bell Teaching Organisation Manager, Adam Kirylczuk Computing Support, Kendal Reid ITO

General

Is it possible for all the courses to be consistent in Learn?  The Reps feel a more consistent approach would help the students.  Neil said he would bring this up at the next Teaching Committee Meeting, in which the School Reps can attend.

*Action Neil*

The students feel well prepared for Semester two, now that they know how Semester one ran.

Neil explained that the Teaching Awards are now open and this is an opportunity to vote for someone who they felt they had done an excellent effort.

https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/yourvoice/ourwork/teachingawards/nominate/

It was asked how the information given in the end of course surveys, Neil explained that the information is taken to improve or make changes to any courses.

Neil will be looking into arranging some branded Informatics lines after the year i.e. Hoodies etc.

The next meeting will take place on the 13th January.

 

 

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 9th December 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 9th December 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Lisa Branney Student Support Officer, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Mitchell Hunter Computing Support, Kendal Reid ITO

UG1

INF1-FP lecturer was praised by the students.

INF1-CL there the final a mock test last week, however the questions were put onto Piazza for them to work through together but the students wanted the solutions to the mock test so they could check their answers.

ILA test had different proofs and some papers varied.

UG2

No issues to report

UG3

No issues to report, all lectures have now finished.

UG4/5

No Reps in attendance

MSc

No Reps in attendance

General

Teaching will commence for Semester 2 on the 11th January, the School is still waiting on clarification with regards to on site activities, the School is working on the details and hopefully this will be distributed soon.

Can course material be uploaded onto Learn before Semester 2, so materials can be printed off and studied in advance.  Neil explained that some material could be made available but not the whole semester.

*Action Neil*

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 2nd December 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Karen Davidson Student Support Officer, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Adam Kirylczuk Computing Support, Alex Burford Learning Technologist, Kendal Reid ITO

UG1

INF1-CL had a test today and it wasn’t based on the last two tutorials, so they felt underprepared and there was enough practice time.

On Monday morning STACK went down the website said it is going under maintenance, and gave the students a one minute countdown, with no updates when it would back on, the students had done some quizzes, which they then had to re-do.

There has been an spam email sent out to the Chinese students offering an to do their work for them for payment.

*Action Neil*

UG2

INF2-IADS the students are really enjoying the course and the way Mary and John teach and their Q&A sessions.

For the engagement blog the students have to write a 1000 word essay to show they are engaged with the course, the students feel that there are completely engaged with the course and are doing well, the feel that this assessment is not beneficial to them.

INF2-FDS the students have a test next week Monday 7th December and this wasn’t announced to them it was only advertised in Learn, it states that there is only a ten minute window, the test will be released at 13:00 it will be available to start until 13:10  and will have to be completed within an hour, the students feel that they would rather have an hour window, not ten minutes.  The test is worth 10%.

*Action Neil to talk to the lecturer*

UG3

No issues to report

UG4/5

No Reps in attendance

MSc

No Reps in attendance

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 25th November 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 25th November 2020

Staff in attendance:, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Lisa Branney Student Support Officer,  Mohammed Javaid Computing Support Officer, Kendal Reid ITO

UG1

Maths reading guides do not say why answers are incorrect or provide solutions and the weekly lectures are now improving.

CL Tutorials are not being marked and feedback is not being received – students do not know what is right or wrong in their work, the lectures are uploaded late (after the tutorials).

Claudia is very good and is always there to help; her weekly to do list posts are very much appreciated.

UG2

There is some confusion over extensions – a student was told SST do not do extensions anymore without clear guidance to apply to the centralised extension team which left the student thinking no extensions existed anymore for anything!

Confusion about accreditation – Bjorn to send out a clarifying email.

*Action Bjoern*

There are no Physics deadlines past week 11, however there are for Informatics courses – it is encouraged for deadlines to in or before week 11, however Neil is not sure that there is a rule regarding this. Jade to look into this. Regardless, due to the nature of this term, deadlines are more flexible.

*Action Jade*

There is some concern that UG2 is not engaged in surveys or feedback for this meeting – any advice? Some suggestions included Discord being more active than Facebook group chats, Google forms for feedback without the need to be in a group, and meetings including more students to provide a space for them to speak for motions and vote on them. There were questions of formality and whether this would make speaking less inviting. General thoughts are that we need a space for students to give their opinion.

UG3

Databases – organisation is good and the students are pleased that the tests were changed to accommodate all and appreciate the work put in to achieve this.

ADS – lack of interaction. The lecturer is not replying to emails or Piazza messages, the lectures aren’t live, and the tutorials were introduced later in the term, as the tutorials are the only direct form of interaction, students would like these to continue for as long as possible.

ACTION NH to contact CO to see if any additional sessions possible.

MSc

IRR lecture did not show up today, ITO now know of the issue and will find out more information. LECTURE REARRANGED

There is a lack of dedicated teaching staff – there are concerns that staff are hired only for research rather than their teaching abilities and therefore they are not enthusiastic or engaging when lecturing, some lecturers do not teach well.

Some feedback was not available for MLP from last year nor was all feedback available on Path – could all student feedback be available in Path for when students are picking courses?

Reduced study spaces in Appleton Tower and card access issues – students are still struggling to get into the building and with bookings as no same day bookings, this will be looked into more in term 2.

IAML there was cw2 complaints; instructors are unhelpful. Multiple students expressed confusion over cw2 but instructors would not clarify or help with issues raised. Students felt they were dismissive or rude and that staff are not willing to provide help and support. Students therefore feel alone as they have no advice, help or support. It feels as though the course is not a positive or engaging learning environment. There were similar complaints for CW1. Neil will speak to the course team about this complaint.

*Action Neil to talk to the lecturer)

General

End of teaching is next week, students are not obligated to attend next week but Neil will be here until 16th December. Students can post in the Teams chat or email Neil directly if unable to attend but have comments.

 

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Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 18th November 2020

Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 18th November 2020

In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Lisa Branney Student Support Officer,  Jennifer Oxley Computing Support Officer, Kendal Reid ITO

UG1

INF1-CL the lecture was reported to be uploaded late, the students have a tutorial on a Tuesday that they are meant to watch beforehand but the lecture was not uploaded until the Wednesday.

INF-1-FP lectures are released on a Monday so the students feel that CL is out of cycle.

ILA the videos have not been comprehensive enough but this week there has been improvement, Maths have also looked into the clash on the 2nd December with INF1-FP coursework, test and Quiz and INF1-CL test and decided to move the ILA deadline to the 6th December.

UG2

INF2C-CS very good enthusiasm from the lecturer and the course is enjoyable, although they feel there is a slight lack in clarity with coursework 2.  They had to use GIT and they feel that this was not easy to follow, and they had to google it, a video on how to use this would be helpful.  They have only had 2 labs on MIPS and one on C, the coursework is 60% dependant on C.  The pointer the lecturer uses in the lectures is really unclear to the students on the screen.

*Bjoern to talk to the lecturer*

INF2-FDS the students get questions after each lecturer but they don’t receive any feedback on how well they are doing in the course, there is a class test which is worth 10%, so more information on how their knowledge on the course would be helpful and could some practice questions be made available?

*Bjoern to talk to the lecturer*

INF2-IADS  the students felt that coursework code was violated in the Python conventions but they did enjoy the design.

DMP there are still issues with the quality of the on-line videos, they are not clear, and there was issues with the DMP marking.

*Bjoern to talk to the lecturer*

UG3

Scheduling of the exams, although there is a 3 hour window for the exams to be sat which go live at 13:00 hours BST, it was asked for some students that are in various time zones could the window be opened to 24 hours?  Neil explained for this diet, the time can’t be changed but this will be looked into for the Semester 2 exam diet.

IAML Neil has spoken with the lecturer and he is going to contact the class regarding the rubric in Gradescope.

ILP the evidence reports did not have to use Latex, using Word was also an option and sample solutions are not supplied. The lectuerer will give feedback to the class regarding the language in the report.

UG4

Negative:

HCI coursework 1 feedback is only getting released now more than a week after the coursework 2 deadline, which means that the students we not able to use it to improve their work.

Human-Computer Interaction could feedback be given for the first and second courseworks, as the final coursework is very much related.

BDL coursework 2 instructions were really vague leading to a lot of people getting marked down for rewarding the winner of the game what in the mind of the marker was the wrong amount. The marks should have been adjusted to accept both interpretations.
The specification was poorly worded, leading to several students misinterpreting one of the core parts of the coursework, namely the logic when it came to awarding points to the winner, most students thought it worked like a transitional bet in that the winner puts in money and only profits with the opponent’s bet, but the way it was supposed to be implemented was a system in which the winner takes home their own money plus the sum of the total bets made.

Some of the feedback was given mentioned techniques the students weren’t taught, so it was questionable how students would’ve been able to improve if they didn’t know about these techniques.

Good:

DBS the lecturer is very wholesome.

Computing in the classroom is good, the weekly emails give the course a nice personal touch and the lecturer is very good.

NAT the recent coursework base code was in java script and no python code, the coursework uses neuro networks but it wasn’t taught only a one hour video was made available, the students felt that java script is not required for machine learning, the course also uses alot of references to Wikipedia.  The students have discussed the issues with the lecturer in the mornings Q&A session so he is aware.

MSc

It was asked if there will be more in person events coming up and Bjoern explained that although himself and Jane have give some they are is discussion to plan more future events.

IRR the students have received their grades for coursework one but there was no feedback received.  They feel that they were mislead on coursework instructions and they had no prior knowledge of the topics and felt they were at a disadvantage.

*Bjoern to talk to the lecturer*

General

It was asked about students who are currently studying in China, and using the VPN service from China, the below link should help:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/desktop-personal/vpn/vpn-service-using-in-china

Student Representaives can attend Teaching Committee and Board of Studies to see what is discussed at Taught Programme Level and all this information is also made visiable

It was asked what the Athena SWAN award it is a national charter mark that recognises the advancement of gender equality in higher education, encompassing representation, progression and success for all.

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