What did students say?
The latest teaching and learning survey.
According to the latest learning and teaching survey, what do students like about the University of Auckland?
Quite a lot, including:
- The challenge and intellectual stimulation of programmes of study.
- The high quality of standards in programmes.
- The overall quality of teaching.The overall University experience.
- The ability to acquire new skills or develop existing ones.
- Easy access to course materials.
- Access to lecture recordings.
- Group work in courses.
- New and improved University buildings and facilities.
- Services supporting orientation and the first year experience.
- Improved wireless connectivity.
What do some students want to see improved?
Among the items highlighted in survey responses are:
- The consistency and quality of academic advice.
A question on academic advice returned lower agreement ratings. Student comments noted a need for clearer programme advice, particularly for degree planning, and choosing majors and electives. This was especially the case for conjoint students.
Students also requested more clarity around where to go for advice, and more consistency in the advice provided to students.
- Feedback on academic work
Students were keen to have more feedback on their work, and feedback that is more helpful/individualised to improve their learning, including examples of good work.
- Assessment scheduling and coordination
Some students were concerned about 'bunching' of assessments, and wanted workload to be spread more evenly throughout the semester.
- Improvement in assessment of group work.
Students were concerned about the design and fairness of assessment for group work projects.
- More opportunities for experiential learning in some areas.
Some parts of the University have compulsory practicums and these are generally rated highly, but students in other areas would like to see more opportunities for internships and other experiences that would assist their learning in practical ways.