Linnébarometern 2017 gives an overall positive picture of the university and its courses and programmes. Students feel that they are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, that the knowledge requirements increase during the course of the programme, and that the connection between the courses’ objectives, content and examinations is clear. However, there is criticism of the feedback from course evaluations.
Students' learning in focus
90% of the students feel that they are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and to participate actively in the learning process. The same percentage of students also feel that the knowledge requirements increase during the course of the programme and that there is a connection between the courses' objectives, content and examinations. What is more, the climate of discussion at seminars and lectures is considered to be open and respectful, and the study environment open-minded and inclusive.
"The learning process is critical for our students' motivation, commitment and development of knowledge and we value our students' experiences. Therefore, it is very pleasing to see that our students feel that there is a clear learning focus in the teaching at the university", says Catherine Legrand, pro-vice-chancellor and chairman of the quality assurance committee.
Accessible study environment well-suited to its purpose
80% of the students are of the opinion that the university's support functions are of a high quality and well-suited for their purpose – students feel that is easy to get in contact with them and that they get adequate support based on their needs. This concerns, for instance, education administration, student counselling, IT support and the student welfare office. The same tendency can be seen for contacts that are closer to the education, such as teachers, course coordinators, programme coordinators and examiners.
Insufficient feedback from course evaluations
Our students think that the distribution of course evaluations works and that course evaluations are a relevant tool for leaving comments. However, only one fourth of all students say that they get to take part of the results from the course evaluations.
"We must get in place better routines for feedback. Feedback is important both for student influence and for course development and must be made available both for students who have taken the course and for students who are to take the course the next time it is offered. During spring 2017, the quality assurance council appointed a working group with the commission to leave a proposal for improvement measures of the course evaluation process and the questionnaire content. The group will integrate the results in their continued work", Legrand continues.