Debate: No comprendo! (Why did I get that grade?)

Skrevet af Niels Jørgen LindtnerFelix Kasperek, translation - Foto: © Alain Lacroix | - 16. maj 2013 - 13:040 kommentarer
Being a university student is all about becoming smarter and more knowledge. Says Niels Jørgen Lindtner, and envisions feedback like the kind illustrated in the matrix above.

MSc BA (phil) student Niels Jørgen Lindtner finds the lack of feedback on written assignments from CBS’ lecturers incomprehensible, to put it mildly.

In elementary school you got it. In high school you got it. But at CBS you don’t get it. And I’m not talking about royal swirlies or recess here.

No, what I have in mind is the lecturers’ feedback on us students’ written assignments.

In my time at CBS, I’ve handed in a good deal of assignments where the only feedback I’ve gotten is a number (a grade) that can hardly be said to have given me any insight into my assignments’ strengths and weaknesses. And that makes me wonder!

If you’ll allow me to be a little idealistic, then university studies in the end aren’t about grades or career; it’s about getting smarter.

Non scholae, sed vitae – as they say in Latin.

You’d think it would be easy for the teaching staff to write down the comments to/reasoning for the number grade that’s given, so their professional insight and years of experience in a subject can benefit the students.

Just like carpenter and mason apprentices have their mentors good advice and expert guidance to help them succeed, I think us students need it from those meant to guide and teach us.

I wonder how construction would go, if the apprenticeships were suddenly abolished…

In short: it’s incomprehensible to me, that CBS doesn’t value feedback more than they do now. No comprendo!