Aldeam Goes Mobile

Gone are the days when I had to fit into spaces I could not see. Gone are the days when I had no control of the music  that pierced my ear drums. Gone are the days when air conditioning in my transport was a thing spoken of but not experienced. Gone are the days I when I had to stop at every bus stop, having no control of the occasional foul smell that warmly embraced me. Welcome to the days of having no extra dollars in my pocket. Welcome to the days days when the gas station becomes both my enemy and my friend. Welcome to the days I become the first person my friends call. The glorious days when air conditioning, music and random ladies are luxuries at my disposal. I am now mobile.

Yes rasta, Aldeam get kyar!

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Honda City

The aim was to purchase a motor bike. I am excited by the joy and freedom it brings, but relatives simply couldn’t see the light – or didn’t want me to see the light if you know what I mean. I had to find another way to please them and myself so a car was the best bet. I worked hard and finally got myself a ride. Of course, a Honda

I was alarmed at the high cost to maintain a vehicle I am now permanently broke. Feel free to contribute to the Aldeam Maintenance Fund (AMF). It was however a necessary investment and I look forward to helping others find the comfort I have.

Just a word of advise; if you are going to get a car, get a Honda, for if it is not a Honda, its nothing.

 

-Aldeam Facey 2016

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UWI’s Lecturer Evaluations: Who Does Them?

If you are a student at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, then certainly you have been receiving emails regarding your lecturer evaluations. To increase the rate of lecturer evaluations, UWI has, in the past made offers to reward lucky student evaluators. I can no longer evaluate lecturers but instead I need to sign the dreadful supervisors reports. When I did evaluations, the class representative would give us the forms to complete just before or after the professor being evaluated delivers the lecture. Now, all that is done online. Progress. However the offering of prizes and the frequency at which emails are sent encouraging students to complete evaluation forms online indicate that students are just not evaluating the lecturers.

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Why Not? Let us evaluate the reasons. 

  • Students are just not interested.

 

  • Its flogging a dead horse. Many students, myself included don’t believe any action is taken post lecturer evaluations. I remember in my first year there was a particular lecturer that we absolutely despised. The lecturer was very wicked, but I won’t get in to the details of their exploits. We were asked to evaluate said lecturer and based on the information I gathered literally everyone gave the lecturer the lowest score (1 out of 5). Others drew a circle beside the box with one and drew a zero inside before shading it. This was a little extreme but it emphasizes the students disapproval of the lecturer. I was alarmed to see just a few years later a promotion was approved for the lecturer. There were also cases where lecturers were given maximum points but have not been rewarded accordingly. Politics. So what is the purpose of these evaluations if sanctions and rewards are not issued accordingly.

 

  • Incorrect method of encouraging compliance. Each student uses the online learning environment set up by UWI. To encourage students to evaluate lecturers, they may incorporate a pop-up which forces students to complete the form before accessing their learning tools. 100% compliance guaranteed.

If these suggestions are addressed, then only improvements will results.

 

– Aldeam Facey 2016