Engaging students as partners in curriculum design and course transformation

Rueckert, Caroline, Matthews, Kelly, Mercer-Mapstone, Winter, Sarah, Ward, Rachel and Natasha, Shaw (2016). Engaging students as partners in curriculum design and course transformation. In: Queensland Universities Education Showcase, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 26-27 September 2016.

Author Rueckert, Caroline
Matthews, Kelly
Mercer-Mapstone
Winter, Sarah
Ward, Rachel
Natasha, Shaw
Title of paper Engaging students as partners in curriculum design and course transformation
Conference name Queensland Universities Education Showcase
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 26-27 September 2016
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Published abstract
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Recent research on student success has increasingly called for new approaches to engage students more deeply in their learning (Baker & Griffin, Kuh, Kinzie, Shuh & Whitt, 2010). Engagement has been recognized as a core aspect of higher education (Harper & Quaye, 2010), and there has been considerable attention given to developing strategies to support students to take responsibility for their learning (Cook-Sather & Luz, 2014), as well as the importance of student voice and the unique role that students might play in shaping and advancing their learning environments (Cool-Sather, 2014). However, research has also shown that, despite the evidence of the importance of student voice (Cook-Sather, 2010), it is frequently overlooked in curriculum design and course transformation (Bovill et al., 2011). In 2015, QUT piloted a Student as Partners Curriculum Scheme that engaged 42 students and 18 academic staff from across four faculties in collaborative partnerships with academic staff to re-imagine aspects of curriculum design and assessment. Using a participatory action research approach, the scheme focused on six indicators of student success and sought to explore how a “student as partner” approach might impact student success, as well as student and staff perceptions of, and engagement with, learning and teaching. In this paper, I present the findings of this initial pilot, provide an overview of the scheme design and methodology, and share the recommendations that emerged from the pilots.
Keyword Students as partners
curriculum design
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Online at http://itali.uq.edu.au/filething/get/6645/QUES%20Presenters.pdf

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
 
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