Present: Michael, Kendal for ITO, Student Reps.
It was reported that the middle speaker in the 2nd row of Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower was still making a buzzing noise.
Updated: This was reported to LSTS, and the problem has now been fixed.
Students asked for a new whiteboard to be fitted in the West Lab on AT Level 5, which is already there. Having such a whiteboard also in the South Lab would be useful. The ITO will look into this.
The course lecturer has spoken to Michael and Information Services were trying to fix the bug in Learn. Some coursework is still missing but this is being looked into.
Update: Adam Bock has forwarded further information from Information Services confirming that this problem should now be under control.
Informatics 2B – Algorithms, Data Structures, Learning
The students reiterated their complaints about Hiroshi Shimodaira’s delivery of lectures. Michael reported that after discussing this with Hiroshi, he has promised to try and improve the quality of the presentation. Students reported a slight improvement in this week’s lectures, possibly as a result of this intervention.
The students asked why the INF2B Lectures weren’t recorded and on-line. The reason for this is that lectures are held in a theatre that doesn’t have recording facilities.
This course was discussed again, with reps relaying student complaints regarding the lack of teaching experience of the course team and the lack of guidance regarding assignments.
Update: These comments were relayed by Michael to the course team. A meeting has been set up between Barry Haddow, Clemens Wolff and Michael to discuss this in person with the responsible course lecturer.
MSc Dissertation / Informatics Research Proposal
Students are asking whether there is a budget for cost associated with individual dissertation projects. Michael confirm that it is possible to get some support where needed, this should be discussed with the supervisor in the first instance, who can then request support from the ITO.
3. Informatics Conversations
This event will be held on Thursday 27th February 2014 in the Informatics Forum.
Michael said he has sent an email out to the students and staff for assistance.
Two agenda items will be discussed, Student Interaction and
Employablity/Skills. A brief welcome will be made followed by two 20-minute slots to discuss each of the two themes. This formal part will be followed by an informal lunch for everyone.
4. Survey Season
Michael gave information about the various surveys currently going on, and explained that the School is keen to increase completion rates. There was some discussion over appropriate ways to approach final-year students by organising special events after project submission. Reps reported that students found it hard to find course questionnaires online, and that there was a lot of confusion about the various surveys conducted by the School and the University. Michael will look into improving the ways in which these are presented.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th February at 1:10pm.