Like others, I found social media a valuable crowd sourcing tool for gathering the opinions of students prior to the SSLC. Along with the other class reps, I provided several prompts for students to offer feedback on various aspects of the course. The main topics of discussion are listed below, along with an example of some of the feedback given by students.
- Lecturers - Mostly positive, although there were some issues with time management that were communicated to the course organiser and were well received.
- Assessment methods - Students had varied opinions of the assessment methods, some citing a dislike on the reliance of the coursework component on a single report as a reason for discontentment.
- Practicals - A mixed result with both praise for the demonstrators and disappointment that there was no 'wet lab' style dissection of brain tissue.
The feedback was compiled and communicated to our wonderful course organiser, who accepting the criticisms (although there weren't many) about the course while helping to explain and elaborate on various parts of the course that students had found ambiguous.
It was mentioned that the staff were considering several ideas for new practicals, and I suggested that as a large percentage of the course was a member of the facebook group, the best way to assess the interest in the options for the new practicals would be a facebook poll. The course organiser was enthusiastic about the idea and agreed, and I'm currently waiting to receive the list so I can construct the poll.
The conclusions of the meeting were communicated back to students. I feel that events such as these which facilitate clear and honest correspondence between students and staff provides great benefit to both sides.