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An educational development student forum: working partnerships with students

An educational development student forum: working partnerships with students Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a practical, developmental working model of student engagement, presenting results from 16 month's implementation of an experimental project. It identifies key issues and reflects on potential for collaboration with students on cross‐institutional issues in learning, teaching, assessment and student experience. It provides an example of seeking to “engage students” in order to foster and enhance “students’ engagement”. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a reflective case‐study in a key area of innovation in a large London university. It gives a practice‐based account of key stages in implementation of the project, identifying aims, objectives and outcomes within the framework of the Educational Development Unit's work, and the university's Graduate Attributes initiative. Briefly describing practical aspects, it reflects on successes and difficulties encountered. It presents some quantitative data related to student participation, and qualitative data including outcomes for students and staff, and locates the work in the context of sector research on student engagement. Findings – Outcomes of this project support and evidence claims made in theoretical literature about the value of student engagement work of this type. Originality/value – This work offers a flexible, scale‐able model for collaborative work with students in the area of educational development, with potential for student participation in both practical and strategic work. With elements in common with other examples from the growing field of student engagement projects, this project differs from many of these in its cross‐institutional basis and scope. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education Emerald Publishing

An educational development student forum: working partnerships with students

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2050-7003
DOI
10.1108/17581181211273291
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a practical, developmental working model of student engagement, presenting results from 16 month's implementation of an experimental project. It identifies key issues and reflects on potential for collaboration with students on cross‐institutional issues in learning, teaching, assessment and student experience. It provides an example of seeking to “engage students” in order to foster and enhance “students’ engagement”. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a reflective case‐study in a key area of innovation in a large London university. It gives a practice‐based account of key stages in implementation of the project, identifying aims, objectives and outcomes within the framework of the Educational Development Unit's work, and the university's Graduate Attributes initiative. Briefly describing practical aspects, it reflects on successes and difficulties encountered. It presents some quantitative data related to student participation, and qualitative data including outcomes for students and staff, and locates the work in the context of sector research on student engagement. Findings – Outcomes of this project support and evidence claims made in theoretical literature about the value of student engagement work of this type. Originality/value – This work offers a flexible, scale‐able model for collaborative work with students in the area of educational development, with potential for student participation in both practical and strategic work. With elements in common with other examples from the growing field of student engagement projects, this project differs from many of these in its cross‐institutional basis and scope.

Journal

Journal of Applied Research in Higher EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 21, 2012

Keywords: Student engagement; Student voice; Collaboration; Student forum; Educational development; Graduate attributes; Communities of practice; Students; Universities; United Kingdom

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