Organisatie - 3 mei 2017

Worries concerning consequences new schedule

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Didi de Vries

Students, lecturers and support staff are concerned about the consequences of the new Extended Daytime Schedule that the Executive Board wants to introduce in September. This came up Monday evening during a meeting about the new schedule, initiated by the Student Council.

photo: Guy Ackermans

Photo: Guy Ackermans

Impulse was rather packed. The people present discussed the introduction of the Extended Daytime Schedule, in which lectures will be held from 8:20 to 19:00, a lecture lasts 40 minutes instead of 45 and breaks are shortened. According to the Executive Board, this is the best way to deal with the increasing number of students without investing in a new education building.

Support staff
Monday evening was the first time the support staff expressed their thoughts about these plans. Herco van Gelder, who works in Orion, was the representative for the General, IT and Technical Support Services. ‘My working day starts at 6:45 with the preparation of the education rooms. Once the last lecture has ended, it takes at least another hour before the rooms are clean and ready for the next day. If the lectures would end at 19:00, it would mean I will not be home before eight. As it stands now, we do not have enough staff to fill the extra working hours. That would mean additional staff would have to be hired.’

Lecturers
The lecturers also came to the floor. Jessica Duncan, lecturer in Rural Sociology and teacher of the year, briefly presented her findings: ‘Lunchbreaks are too short in the new schedule. Lecturers use that time for meetings, social interactions with each other or students, and more. Students and lecturers also use the short breaks between lectures for individual discussions and additional explanations.’ In the new schedule, the lunchbreak will last 30 minutes and a tea break will be 10 minutes.

Lunchbreaks are too short in the new schedule
Jessica Duncan

Another lecturer explained that lecturers need time to restructure their curriculum. Lectures and practical courses are currently aimed at timeslots of 45 minutes and it will take time to reorganise these lessons. The main question is whether that can be achieved before September and whether it will impact the quality of the education.

Students
The main concern of the students is that the new schedule leaves fewer possibilities for social activities outside the study, as was once again made clear on Monday evening. Student councils expect they will lose the possibility of meeting during lunch breaks, as half an hour is simply too short. A new timeslot will be hard to find if the members have different study schedules. The activities of associations outside the study often start before seven o’clock, with dinner for example. Participating will therefore not always be possible with the new schedule.

Reacties 1

  • Marjan Wink, vaardighedendocent

    Ik deel de bezorgdheid. Met een jong gezin is het voor mij echt hang en vliegwerk eerder te beginnen of na half zes de dag te eindigen. Daarnaast deel ik de zorg om de lunchpauzes. Ik moet vaak fietsen van het ene gebouw naar het andere en de zaal klaarzetten. Dit haal ik niet.

    Ook vind ik het naar de internationale studenten onbehoorlijk, ze eten vaak een warme maaltijd met de lunch, nu zie ik al rijen bij de magnetrons staan. Ze halen dit nooit. Kortere pauzes hebben effect op de concentratie in de les. Misschien moet het schema even voorgelegd worden aan bijvoorbeeld Linda Luchtman van Brain Based Teaching bij Edusupport. Is dit schema geschikt om te zorgen voor optimale leereffecten bij studenten? Ik betwijfel het. Als docent voorzie ik dat ik niet op mijn best doceer als dit het schema is.

    De titel geen avondcolleges in de resource vind ik misleidend. Voor mij is half zeven/zeven uur toch echt avond. Ik leg dan graag zelf mijn kinderen in bed.

    Ik hoop op andere mogelijkheden. Langer gebruik maken van de gebouwen op de Dreijen?

    Vriendelijke groet,
    Marjan


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