At the University of Kent, we have been working hard to implement safety measures to protect our staff and students during the coronavirus pandemic. While we understand that changes can seem unsettling, we wanted to gain feedback from both new and returning students to not only offer a chance to voice your thoughts, but to also stay informed about how students were feeling about the changes we have made.
From the online community and virtual events, to safety in the labs, we asked for feedback from a range of areas.
With lectures being delivered online, making sure you have a timetable that provides clear structure and works with all stages and subjects has been a key part of our new blended learning approach.
From the Student Experience Survey, almost 7 in 10 (67%) of you said the new timetable this term was great or good.
The new blended learning approach has been essential for delivering online lectures while protecting the safety of our staff and students. With these lectures, our staff have worked hard to keep students engaged with interactive content including quizzes and polls. Having engaging sessions can also help students to feel part of a wider community as well as complimenting their learning as they can continue to test their knowledge.
From the Student Experience Survey, over half (53%) of our students said that the online learning for live lectures was great or good, and over a third (36%) said it was OK.
Your Learning Community
Being a part of a wider community continues to be at the heart of the University of Kent. At the School of Physical Sciences, we continue to invest in our students, staff, public and professional contacts as we understand the value that comes with feeling part of a community.
During the coronavirus pandemic this is especially important, and so part of our Student Experience Survey included feedback about the learning community.
Over 50% of those who responded said that the sense of community within the School of Physical Sciences was either great or good. 100% of participants voted they felt that the general communications from the School were either great, good or OK.
While these initial votes and feedback from new and returning students at SPS are mainly positive, we will also continue to address any concerns or areas to improve, so please do continue to watch this space for updates as they happen.
Thank you to all students who provided their feedback for our Student Experience Survey. Your opinions are always valued and it has been great to hear your thoughts on our new blended learning approach at the School of Physical Sciences.
We will be running the Student Experience Survey again during Week 7, so please do keep an eye out for your invite to participate.