Students at CBS should demand more feedback

Skrevet af Sidsel GreenJesper Snedker Adamsen, (versioning) - 21. september 2015 - 18:001 kommentar
The campaign launched by CBS Students aims to make students aware of the importance of getting sufficient feedback from their lecturers.

CBS Students has always devoted efforts to increase the quality of lectures at CBS; and now a new campaign aims to make students focus on demanding better quality. 

The intro lounge in front of CBS Students’ office has been stowed away and the hangover from the Semester Start Party is slowly surrendering; but the student organization is not resting on its laurels as it has just launched the first major campaign of the semester.

The new campaign has been baptized ‘Feedback is Your Right’ and the intention is to make students think a lot more about what they can demand from their lecturers. And CBS Students believes that students should demand more:

- At CBS Students we have always fought for more quality in education. Especially within the last year we have seen increased focus on the fact that students do not get sufficient feedback and thus the learning curve is compromised, says president of CBS Students, Daniel Andersen.

- And instead of just moaning to management, we have decided to turn our attention to the students. Our efforts are directed at mapping out how and where students can get feedback, says Daniel Andersen and continues:

- Simultaneously we would like to inspire a joint effort to get more feedback and quality in education.

A croissant for an idea

The ‘Feedback is Your Right’ campaign runs in the period September 21st to 30th. And besides banners and posters at Solbjerg Plads and Dalgas Have, the organizers have planned a series of events.

- As of now, we are working intensively to find a way in which lecturers at CBS can incorporate more feedback in their teaching. In this regard, we need all the experiences and input we can get, says campaign manager at CBS Students, Annette Munk, and continues:

- And this is why we will be present at Solbjerg Plads throughout the week as we offer a croissant for an idea on how to improve feedback; all ideas are welcomed and students as well as lecturers are encouraged to contribute.

The study boards can make a difference

According to CBS Students, there is one essential area that must be addressed if we are to change program structures: the study boards.

- In addition to trying to spur support in the general student population, we would like to work directly with those in the student body who can really make an impact and put the issue of feedback on the agenda. These are of course the student members of the study boards and the Academic Council, says Annette Munk.

Therefore, CBS Students has invited these students to a meeting on September 21st at which the issue of feedback will be discussed. The meeting also includes presentations by Sidsel Green, member of the board of directors of CBS; Emil Fuglsang, former president of CBS Students and now a management consultant, as well as a formal dinner where members of the study boards can network and exchange ideas and experiences.

If nothing else, the message should be clear: students at CBS do not get sufficient feedback and it is about time to change that. ‘Feedback is Your Right’.

Read more about the new office hours for lecturers here.  

Kommentarer

As an assistant professor at CBS, I agree that the learning experience becomes much more valuable the more we can increase our opportunities to dialogue with one another. I use case-teaching, group work, and studio exercises to enable this as much as possible. But these kinds of invitations only yield as much benefit as students put effort into preparation, attendance and participation. I expect, and certainly hope, that as students consider recommendations, they take this need for pro-activity into account. Also, valuable feedback often comes in the form of assessing a mid-term "event" such as assignments, presentations, projects (or series of such). The fact that faculty is largely limited to assessing ONLY on the basis of the final exam, and in no way on class participation or other activities, makes it extremely challenging to assess learning and offer feedback in time for us to actually have a dialogue about it (as compared to the 30-60 seconds we have in an oral exam setting, or nothing at all in the context of a written exam). I'm glad you are addressing the need, and best wishes in generating your recommendations.

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