School-level Student Advisory Groups

La Trobe University has identified student partnership as a key enabler in achieving an outstanding student experience. Students offer valuable feedback, perspectives and ideas that can improve teaching and learning, student support services and program design.

Our School-level Student Advisory Groups (SAGs) enable you to provide your feedback and use your voice to implement important and lasting changes.

About School-level Student Advisory Groups (SAGS)

What's involved?

Our student representatives are required to:

  • complete online training and attend a live Zoom follow up session
  • attend at least one committee meeting per semester
  • gather feedback from their peers and accurately represent them to senior staff
  • serve a one-year term

What are the benefits?

Our student representatives will:

  • receive a Certificate of Recognition
  • have access to exclusive professional development sessions
  • gain valuable leadership experience and opportunities to interact with senior school staff
  • gain authentic real-world experiences, practice sharing feedback and suggesting new ideas, and learning about organisational governance and decision-making

You said, we acted

In order to close the loop on student feedback, we report annual on the feedback that was voiced, as well as what changes occurred. Some examples of how student feedback was actioned, resulting in positive change, are listed below.

Examples of actioned student feedback

YOU SAID

WE ACTED

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"It would be great if the university could offer some remedial classes or labs once we return to campus."The School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences will offer supplementary catch ups when on-campus resumes.

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"Provide feedback to all sites to condense classes into 4-hour sessions rather than 2-hour sessions. All locations."The School of Nursing and Midwifery will follow up with all UG Subject Coordinators in planning 2021.

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"Initiate directive to have Pulse Survey data input option in LMS from week 1."The Director of Learning and Teaching will provide an example of an LMS site and present at the next meeting, and to students, to discuss potential questions required in a Pulse Survey.

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"We are concerned about the quality of assessment (especially with move to online) and clarity in rubrics."The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will continue to provide staff with opportunities to learn about different assessment options and encourage the development of assessment rubrics."

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"We want more resources on the benefits of learning remotely."Videos and exemplars of remote learning have been gathered and placed on the professional experience website accessible by all students

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"We are finding a large discrepancy with the effectiveness of breakout rooms in Zoom, often turning into a general chat or having one student who has done the work left tutoring the other students."

The School of Law have been instructed to have very clear instructions on the purpose of breakout room sessions. The School will continue to monitor this and encourages staff to shorten them to keep the conversation more purposeful.

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How do I register?

There are two recruitment rounds per year. Registrations for Semester 2, 2022 have now closed.

Registrations for Semester 1, 2023 will open in January 2023.

If you have any questions about SAGs, please contact the team at studentpartnership@latrobe.edu.au

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