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Published on March 9, 2014

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These are the slides by Sarah Knight from Jisc used to launch CAN2014.

18/2/2014 Can Students Really Make a Difference? #CAN2014

‘Students as partners is not just a nice-to-have, I believe it has the potential to help bring about social and educational transformation, as long as we know what we are trying to do and we maintain a critical attitude about the ways the concept is adopted and used.’ Rachel Wenstone, Vice President (Higher Education), NUS – A Manifesto for Partnership (November 2012) 09/03/2014 2

Background and context » NUS Student Engagement model » Thinking about the outcomes of engagement activities and the impact that policies and practices have on students » Recognition of the importance of staff - student partnership working in curriculum innovation projects involving technology 09/03/2014 3

Student partnership activities/initiatives from Jisc » Summer of Student Innovation -» » innovation Digital Student project – Students as Digital Pioneers › Oxford Brookes InStePP project › Greenwich Digital Literacies in Transition project › Reading Digitally Ready project › Student Fellows at Bath Spa and Winchester FASTECH project › University of Exeter - Students as Change Agents – Integrate and Cascade projects › Birmingham City University – Student Academic Partners – T-Sparc project 09/03/2014 4

Student partnership activities/initiatives from HEA » Students as Partners is a key theme of the HEA and is structured around three dimensions: › the individual student experience of engaged learning and research › students as change agents in learning and teaching enhancement at institutional and national levels › student participation in the HEA's own strategic direction and programmes of work. » » » Students as partners in Wales – case studies of best practice 09/03/2014 5

Benefits of student partnerships/change agents » Benefits for students: › Gain an experience of leadership and influencing change. › Gain experience of using research to shape change. › Students can gain recognition through awards such as leadership › › › › 09/03/2014 awards, academic credit, extra-curricular awards and awards accredited through external bodies. Enhances student experience. Increases confidence & skills (e.g. communication, teamworking, management, research skills). Enhances networking with e.g. employers, community. Improved employability and job prospects. 6

Benefits of student partnerships/change agents » Benefits for staff: › Closer working/learning engagement with students. › Learning from students – and an important dimension to their CPD. › Raising of individual profiles in their institutions and in the sector. › Enhanced input into research and papers via student engagement. 09/03/2014 7

Benefits of student partnerships/change agents » Institutional benefits: › Opportunity for students to gain skills to support › › › › 09/03/2014 employability, and greater involvement in the learning and teaching experience. Aids retention. Develops enhanced working/learning/assessment engagement between students and tutors. Engages students with research-led change. Students inspire academics in technology-led educational innovation. 8

The Change Agent Network and Advisory Group » Jisc supported the creation of the Change Agents’ Network as a network of staff and students aiming to support curriculum enhancement and innovation » It offers peer-support for students working as change agents and staff working with students in this capacity » Also available is institutional guidance, support and consultancy » Advisory group membership includes NUS, QAA, HEA, HEFCE, RSC Wales… 09/03/2014 9

Key objectives/activities of the CAN » Enhance student change agents’ understanding of effective practice and change issues. » Identify and share effective practice in the area of students/student groups as change agents. » Provide a forum for support and sharing of ideas. » Create and link to resources to support staff and students promoting the use of student change agents sector wide. » Develop a framework to support possible accreditation. » Develop a Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. 10

Future activities – next steps? » Supporting the accreditation of the ‘Institutional Change Leader Award’ through SEDA » Supporting the launch of the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change » Future expansion to further education and to include employers » Exploring plans for sustainability of the network » Ideas to take away from this event 11

Find out more… Change Agents’ Network Sarah Knight #CAN2014 @CANagogy Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 09/03/2014 12

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