Staff Student Rep Meeting – Wednesday 4th November 2020
In attendance: Bjoern Franke Director of Teaching, Neil Heatley Head of Student Services, Jade Gilhooly Deputy Teaching Organisation Manager, Sophie Mills Student Support Officer, Kendal Reid ITO
The students feel there are too many deadlines falling into one day and there is a lot of work to do! They also have a lot of work to do for ILA, the course releases reading guides at 9am on a Wednesday, with the plan to do to the discussion on it on a Thursday along with an optional task and they feel that this is not enough time. During the Math lectures when complex problems are explained and they are not being shown visually, students would like a demo so they can follow on the problems easier.
INF1-CL tests are also released on a Wednesday and have to be submitted on the Wednesday.
On the 2nd December the students have INF1A-FP CW10, INF1-FP Final Test, INF1A-FP Quiz 10 and a INF1A-CL Test 5, which they feel it too much! It was suggested for next year to stagger the deadlines from one week to the next.
The students are feeling a bit less stressed this week, as last week they had a cluster of deadline’s. Due to the timing of the coursework release dates and submission dates it can be difficult to manage your time between each one, and it can lead to either concentrating on one and not the other which can cause students to start falling behind. It was suggested for future to stagger the deadlines.
INF2C-CS the students are really enjoying the lecturer and his enthusiasm for teaching the course.
INF2-IADS the students are also really enjoying this course.
ILP the coursework grades were returned to the students and most of the marks were good but some students lost marks as it didn’t specify in the coursework that they would lose marks if they didn’t watch the videos. There were points in the videos to assist with the coursework, and this was explained. They also feel that there was a lack of communication and how they were to use the resources and what information does the resources hold.
IVR the students feel that there should be tutorials or some kind of practice materials as the exam is worth 50% of the course.
HCI the students feel that there is a lot of report writing and the same with the Honours Project.
Some students are having trouble accessing their coursework planner in Learn but in order to use this you have to be connected to the VPN.
It was asked if it is possible to complete your Degree on-line for Semester 2, and they answer is yes.
It was asked why students cannot make any course changes after week 3, but Bjoern explained in the school that due to our student numbers, it would an administrative nightmare, the students can change their semester 2 courses up the end of week 2.
Hybrid teaching will continue for Semester 2, if possible as the School cannot predict what the coming months will bring due to COVID, if we can then we will try and hold more lectures, tutorials etc. on Campus, but this also depends on the availability of space and teaching staff. If we do encounter a second lockdown the School is prepared for a move completely to on-line.
RSS the students were complaining that the recorded lectures did not have audio or referenced resources that were not actually available, i.e. whiteboard. The recorded lectures had not been reviewed to be compatibly for the Hybrid Teaching. Neil has spoken to the lectures and this should now be resolved.
Some students are feeling that they are unable to network with their fellow students to the current restrictions and fear that they never will be able to.
MSc in Cyber Security the core classes are half this year as there were last year and the students couldn’t see what the changes had been made due to COVID, the DRPS pages goes back to 2004/5, so you can see what changes have been made since then.
There are still issues with the new extensions being dealt with centrally, some students have reported that they have applied for extensions 2 days prior to their deadlines (as per the guidance) and they are not getting replies until at least 3 days after the deadline. The School is aware of the situation and Bjoern is talking to College regarding this.