Joss Winn: Student as Producer is hacking the university: Involving learners in the re-production of the University
is hacking the university Involving learners in the re- production of the universityJoss Winn, email@example.com, http://lncd.lincoln.ac.uk, @lncd @josswinn
JISC commissioned Case Study on Institutional Approaches to Opennesshttp://j.mp/SaPHack
Key Points• Student as Producer became a formal HEA-funded project in 2010.• It was developed by the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) which was itself established in 2007 to lead the University of Lincolns Teaching and Learning Strategy.• Student as Producer emphasises the role of the student as collaborators in the production of knowledge and makes research-engaged teaching an institutional priority.• Work at Lincoln is inspired by “the key academic values that motivated the early academic hacker culture: autonomy, the sharing of knowledge and creative output, transparency through peer review, and peer-recognition based on merit.”• “we see our work as fundamentally a form of hacking using and writing open source software and producing open data with which to ‘hack the university’ and create useful services and positive technological interventions in the research, teaching and learning environment of the university.”• “openness remains a distinct theme throughout our work, both in the tools we use and the way we organise ourselves as a distributed, collegial group.”• A student intern post has been set up within LNCD, a body that consolidates the university’s open projects, to ensure “that the student perspective remains core to the group’s outlook.”• We have (had!) a budget to provide incentives to students and staff to work on collaborative projects.
What we did/you can do• Emphasise the role of the student as collaborators in the production of knowledge.• Look to establish student internships and employ people from within the student body.• Establish an academic commons to share knowledge open access and open education.• Experiment with open source software and establish projects that use and develop open source principles.