MDS Block representatives

Every block, one or more students volunteer to represent their peers, acting as a liaison between students and MDS leadership (we/our/ours). This allows us to see how the block is going, allowing us to make changes if need be.

Here are some guidelines for the “block rep”.

1. Introduce yourself to your peers as the new block rep

We recommend doing this via Slack. If there isn’t a “students only” channel, please do make one. You can try creating a private channel and then tagging @students in there. This will hopefully prompt you to invite all students into the channel.

2. Collect feedback throughout the block

The main responsibility is to collect feedback from your classmates. Feedback is usually collected informally and then also through one or more surveys during the block. We have generally found that surveys with both quantitative and qualitative fields are useful - the text fields allow us to hear individual student comments, and the quantitative fields let us know where the majority sentiment lies. Furthermore, in your survey we suggest including both a positively-framed question and a constructively-framed question, e.g. “What is working well in this course?” and “What could be improved in this course?”.

During the meeting (see below), block reps often provide us with a document summarizing the survey results, which we archive for future reference.

3. Attend our team meeting

We’ll ask you to attend our team meeting, usually about 2/3 or 3/4 through the block. Typically the block rep part of the meeting takes about 20 minutes, right at the start, but it’s flexible. We’ll continue the meeting without the block rep after you’re done, where we’ll continue to reflect on / discuss what we heard.

4. Communicate back to the cohort

After the team meeting, we might ask the block rep to contact students. You can probably do this via Slack.

A note on the role of the block rep feedback

Please see also this document about the role of the block rep’s feedback to the MDS team.