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Supporting the Student Voice through the MBBS Medical Learning Environment

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Kennedy, John Moss


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Feedback from our students is vital to ensure we provide high quality education and student experience. Evaluation, student representation and student-staff committees have an important role in getting the students’ voice heard.To be effective, students need to feel confident in providing feedback and understand that their feedback is taken seriously and what is being done to address the issues raised. Good communication is therefore vital in ensuring issues are raised and the outcomes of discussions are fed back to the student body.We have developed an area within the Medical Learning Environment (MLE) dedicated to supporting the student voice. Through this area, students are able to directly contact the academic year lead, their group representative, Student-Staff Committee Chair(s) and their School representative. They are able to view and suggest items for upcoming Student-Staff Committee agenda’s, minutes and action plans from previous meetings, evaluation data and summaries and action plans based on evaluation from course leads.Course representatives have the same functionality, but are also able to contact the group of students they represent to seek views and feedback on any discussions/outcomes and disseminate information. Student-Staff Committee Chairs, who are also group representatives, have the additional functionally of being able to communicate with the course representatives.The system was introduced during Semester 1 of Year 1 in 2017-18. To date, there have been over 6000 recipients of emails sent through the student voice area on the MLE.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kennedy DJ, Moss J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unknown

Conference Name: Newcastle University Learning and Teaching Conference: Education for life: Celebrating partnership, encouraging innovation

Year of Conference: 2018

Pages: 26