Improved planning of teaching

All students and lecturers have received a letter presenting a set of new principles for the planning of teaching at School of Business and Social Sciences. These principles will ensure a better and more consistent planning.

2012.11.19 | Mette Gebauer Johannsen

There have been many changes this semester. One of the most important is probably the new way we plan the teaching at School of Business and Social Sciences. For many students, it has been challenging and sometimes confusing to get used to the new circumstances – particularly regarding going to class at different addresses and changes in timetables.

We are in a transition semester
The implementation process of the new planning system has been complex and challenging, and this has meant that it has been necessary to consider this semester a so-called transition semester.

- During the semester, we have become aware that there are areas where we need to change the way we plan the teaching. Both teachers and students have called our attention to where the new planning system has not worked well enough. This has – among other things - led to a set of principles for how we plan the teaching at the School of Business and Social Sciences in the future, explains Dean Svend Hylleberg.

- We have sent out these principles to all students via e-mail so they can gain insight into what basis we plan their lessons from.

Principles to ensure improvement
The principles serve as a management tool for the employees who work with the planning of teaching, and it will help to ensure a better and more consistent planning.


At School of Business and Social Sciences, we will strive to meet both students' and lecturers reasonable demands by following these principles:

1. The classroom must match the given teaching activity and must be sufficiently large to seat all the students who are enrolled in the class. The equipment must be adequate for the teaching planned.

2. Classes must take place in proximity to the students "home" and geographical movements during the day must be minimized. If it is impossible to avoid geographical movements, is it important to allow time for the transportation between classes.

3. The weekly timetable must not change in terms of location and time more than once during a semester. For courses where the number of classes varies from week to week, i.e. where the period lasts longer than one week, such as for example 2 weeks, the 14-day time-table should not be changed more than once during a semester.


4. All lecturers must have teaching-free days. This will also be our goal for each student, but for certain programmes and for certain classes with many weekly hours it might not be possible to achieve this goal as we also need to take the students’ learning into account.

Facts about teaching planning at BSS
The classroom management system Syllabus is an optimisation system that assigns a certain teaching activity, such as for instance a lecture, a suitable class-room based on the number of participants, study programme, year, class, etc. Use of Syllabus is an absolutely necessary tool to organise and handle the limited resources we have in terms of classrooms.

Since the rent for the classrooms is also a very large item in the budget, streamlining the use of classrooms is an economic necessity, and statements show that this is far from having been the case in the past.

The most effective and economic use of classrooms occurs if the optimisation is carried out with as few restrictions as possible. But there are a number of important considerations to include, and one cannot optimise without applying appropriate constraints.

The number of large auditoriums at BSS is limited, and they are spread out at our various locations. This can make it difficult to comply with the requirement that teaching should be close to the student's "home".

> Read the letter “Regarding classroom management in spring 2013 and beyond” that has been sent out to all students and lecturers on Monday 19 November 2012.


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