Field of Education
The aim of the Field of Education is to stand up for the educational interests of students and improve the quality of education at the university. To achieve these objectives, we carry out several projects and actively co-operate with other partners of the university such as the Rector's Office, the Office of Academic Affairs, faculties, the Centre for Engineering Pedagogy, the Centre for Educational Technology, etc.
TUT Council, the faculty councils, and the curriculum committees serve as the most important decision-making bodies in the educational issues. In these bodies, students are engaged in developing, creating, and providing feedback on curricula as well as creating regulations, which are related to all educational activities of the university. In recent years, the adoption of pending curricula has been hindered and an extremely important input has been provided for the creation of a new study regulation.
This is currently still a plan for the future, however, similarly to the training for the project team of education quality working groups, training for student representatives is to be carried out in the Field of Education. The trainings could take place at the beginning of the academic year and should give the student representatives an overview of the work of the corresponding decision-making body and relevant materials. The objective would be to ensure the awareness and relevant skills for the student representatives to participate in the work of the decision-making body and the development of sustainability.
The representatives of the educational field are also daily engaged in solving student problems. A student can turn to Student Union if he or she feels that his or her educational opportunities have been limited or him or her / his or her work has been unfairly evaluated. The problem-solving process is a joint effort and the aim is to find a student-friendly solution and maintain good relations with the parties. Also, the cases of cheating and plagiarism are dealt with by forming a position, for example, for the accuracy of exmatriculation and thus, influencing the final decision.
A comprehensive educational feedback system
Student Union leads a working group comprised of leading parties of the Field of Education of the university, whose mission is to develop, by the end of 2013, a feedback system for educational activities, which is comprehensible, effective, and takes into account the interests of all parties. In addition to choosing the best methods for collecting feedback, the processes of analysing and implementing the results will be agreed on. All of this is to better introduce changes into the learning process and better develop lecturers, curricula, and the learning environment.
Development of ÕIS
We will develop a more logical structure of the student environment of ÕIS to ensure that the topics are easier to find and less confusing for the student.
Education quality working groups
The project of education quality working groups is the greatest project of the SU Field of Education and its aim is to improve the quality of higher education and develop the culture of feedback at TUT. A total of 17–20 students are a part of the project team and overall hundreds of students participate in the project; for example, during the academic year of 2012–2013, a total of 359 students took part in the project. The education quality working groups work throughout the year, the active period lasts from September to April and then it is time to implement the proposals. The greatest achievements include substantial changes in curricula and significantly greater valuing of student feedback.