Student - September 21, 2018

New schedule divides opinion (video)

Luuk Zegers

The extended daytime schedule, intended to help cope with the growth of WUR, has been in place since the start of this academic year. A survey among students shows that not everyone is happy with the longer teaching days.

© Marte Hofsteenge

‘I have a terrible schedule: I start at 8.20 and finish at 17.20 every day. And in between I have nothing for four or six hours,’ says a student in one of Resource’s Soundbites videos. But another is actually quite happy with all the free time between classes. ‘I like it if there’s time to do homework or prepare for lectures in between, because I work better at the uni than at home.’

Long breaks
Head of scheduling Fred Jonker knows there is discussion among students about the length of breaks in the new schedule. ‘Before we started making the new schedule students indicated that they need those long lunchbreaks, so we took that into account. But what suits one person might not be suit another because of the long gaps between classes. That is an interesting tension and it should be discussed.’

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Jonker has had relatively few criticisms of the new schedule from lecturers, he says. ‘We get some comments here and there, but those are start-up problems. You always get those in the first period. Maybe slightly more than usual this time, but then it is also a completely new schedule.’

To get an overview of students’ potential scheduling problems, the student council party VeSte has set up a contact point:

So far 11 complaints and ideas have been submitted. VeSte representative Roos Verstegen doesn’t want to go into the nature of the submissions at this point. ‘At the end of the period we will evaluate all the comments and discuss the results with the Executive Board.’

Students and lecturers can address urgent complaints to Jonker directly. ‘Then we might be able to do something about it immediately’, he says.

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  • Marjan WInk Skills trainer ELS

    As a skill teacher seriously involved in many Mos modules and the ACT I think this schedule is really detrimental. To both students and me.

    First of all I sometimes have to teach from 10.10-17.20 with no time for lunch, no time for questions of students after class. I have to really hurry to a next class in another building or hurry home to be in time to fetch the children. Students value these moments as do I.

    Most MOS modules are 3 full afternoons. In total we have 1.15 minutes less teaching time(missing 3 x 25 minutes) in already very short courses. Because we have professional skills to train in class where (peer)feedback is essential there is really less possible in an afternoon. A lecture you can videotape, I training you can't.

    It effects the quality of education and also the quality of feedback and my enjoyment in teaching as I feel I should hurry even more. I understand most teachers have not a full time teaching profession as I have, so it might hit them less hard. I do see it hits the students. Stress levels are already high and in my view this schedule is making it rather worse at least for those following ACT/MOS.

    I'm very curious about other peoples (students and teachers) experiences and possible solutions to it.


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  • Lid

    Echt louter knorren in dit filmpje. Vermaak je gewoon in die uren tussendoor.


  • Ondersteunend personeel.

    Waarom moet er een onderwijs gebouw tot 18:30 uur open blijven ( personeel, energie, BHV) voor twee vakken in platte college zalen? Kunnen deze vakken niet naar een gebouw wat standaard tot 22:00 uur geopend is?