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From pilot to embedded practice scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives

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Jisc Change Agents Network ALT-C

  1. 1. ALT-C 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives @CANagogy #JiscCAN can.jiscinvolve.org
  2. 2. Who we are » Deborah Millar, Head of e-Learning, BlackburnCollege » SimonWalker, Head of Educational Development, University of Greenwich » Monika Pazio, Lecturer in Educational Development, University of Greenwich » Duncan McKenna,GGSN – Student Partnership Coordinator, University of Greenwich » Dr Stuart Sims, Research andTeaching Fellow (Student Engagement), University ofWinchester » Cassie Shaw, Student EngagementAssistant, University ofWinchester Student Union » Clare Killen,Consultant » Sarah Knight, Senior Co-design Manager, Jisc 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
  3. 3. Overview of session »5 mins presentation of 3 institutional examples › Blackburn College › University of Greenwich › University ofWinchester »Facilitated discussions – with the 3 institutions on how they are scaling up and embedding student staff partnership working »Group discussions – How can I do this in my own institution »Closing plenary –What one thing can you do… »Join us for part 2 - How do we do it? Skills for effective student change agency after the coffee break 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
  4. 4. Students as change agents- why do it? ‘In order for universities and colleges to foster more inclusive learning environments, we believe that students must be empowered as active and participatory agents, not as mere consumers, so that they can articulate their own conceptions of what makes good learning environments, and work in partnership with academics and administrators to realise these conceptions.’ Report available from http://bit.ly/1L0Q02c The 2014 NUS Report, radical interventions in teaching and learning: 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
  5. 5. Role of students as change agents » Student ‘change agents’ are students who work with staff to lead, support or develop change within an institution » The 2014 UCISA Digital capabilities survey reports that 30% of respondents are working with students as change agents with another 46% of respondents ‘working towards’ this. » Different ways change agents can work from leading their own change to supporting a defined project or taking part in institutional processes such as recruitment and teaching practice observations » Titles may differ: › Champions, change agents, digital leaders, student fellows, student ambassadors, student partners, student researchers, co-designers, co- creators, co-developers » See new Jisc guide on Developing successful student partnerships available from http://bit.ly/jisc-partnership 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
  6. 6. Working in partnership »“Partnership is fundamentally about a relationship in which all involved – students, academics, professional services staff, senior managers, students’ unions and so on – are actively engaged in and stand to gain from the process of learning and working together. Partnership is essentially a process of engagement, not a product. It is a way of doing things, rather than an outcome in itself.” » Healey, M., Flint,A. and Harrington, K. (2014) Engagement through partnership: students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education.York, Higher EducationAcademy. Available at: http://bit.ly/1gztC3u 29/06/2015 Driving institutional change through staff-student partnership
  7. 7. Benefits of working in partnership » 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 awards, academic credit, extra-curricular awards and awards accredited through external bodies » Increases confidence and skills (e.g. communication, team-working, management, research skills) » Enhances networking with e.g. employers, community » Improved employability and job prospects Benefits for students: 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
  8. 8. http://can.jiscinvolve.org @CANagogy » The Change agents’ network supports students working as change agents, digital pioneers, student fellows and students working in partnership with staff on technology related change projects » Over 250 members subscribed to the CAN community mailing list » Facilitates the sharing of best practice through › Support for face to face networking events › CAN webinars › CAN case studies – 10 institutional case studies now available » Developing successful student staff partnerships online guide » Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change » SEDA accredited Jisc Institutional Change Leader online course running in October 15 What is the Change agents’ network (CAN)? 10/09/2015 From pilot to embedded practice: Scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
  9. 9. ALT-C 10/09/2015 Blackburn College Deborah Millar, Head of e-Learning
  10. 10. ALT-C 10/09/2015 University of Greenwich @CANagogy #JiscCAN can.jiscinvolve.org
  11. 11. Our Partnership Projects The University of Greenwich runs two main student partnership projects, via the EDU: • TESTA@Greenwich • Greenwich Graduate Student Network
  12. 12. Some existing models Cascaded Model Students in various partnership roles within and across an institution empowered to build, foster and promote networks that focus on developing student confidence and transformation through innovation activity Feedback Model Research Model Students running student feedback questionnaire systems and interpreting existing performance indicators such as NSS scores Students acting as evaluators or educational researchers, exploring in more detail issues educational, raised through routine feedback and Performance Indicators Adapted from: El Hakim,Y., (2014) Student Engaged Educational Development Structures (catalyst) proposal.
  13. 13. Our Cascade Model COHORT Cascade Model Students working in direct partnership (Scholars/Change Agents) Students working with scholars/change agents as assistants ‘Normal’ Students who interact with activities and processes and engaged in and outside the classroom Interactions with student body Escalating engagement due to interactions with partnership work
  14. 14. Escalating engagement due to interactions with partnership work Technology and Communication Viral Communication amongst students (face-to-face, messaging apps, social media) Post-digitalTechnologies (Email, Doodle, Ning, Survey Monkey) OfficialChannels of Communications.To Students (Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, mail shots) Staff interaction with students (Adobe Connect, Skype, Padlet)
  15. 15. TESTA@Greenwich What is it? • Programme-level feedback and analysis toolkit • Uses qualitative and quantitative data • Gathers data from both staff and students • Used to feed into programme review and evaluation
  16. 16. Example of direct student input having an effect on programmes: Programme Leader BA Media and Communication: “The variety of feedback, the verbal feedback the discussion in tutorial[s], we’ve put in a lot more of that as a response to theTESTA [process] – it’s subject to conversation...rather than retrospective after somebody’s handed in an assessment.” TESTA – Progress and Impact • 23 Programmes • Over 2700 blog views, 380 Youtube views
  17. 17. GGSN – What is it? • A student-led network • A student-led, institution-wide, cultural transformation • To support the development of the Greenwich Graduate Attributes
  18. 18. GGSN – Progress and Impact • Over 8000 blog views • Over 700 likes/followers on Facebook page • Regular reach of 50-100 per post Claire Clarke, UoG Equality and Diversity Manager on attendingCulturosity: “This displayed our strong commitment to equality and diversity and enhances the cross working relationship between staff and students.”
  19. 19. ALT-C 10/09/2015 University of Winchester @CANagogy #JiscCAN can.jiscinvolve.org
  20. 20. Developing successful student staff partnerships »Select 2 of the institutions you would like to hear more about: › Blackburn College › University of Greenwich › University ofWinchester »2 x 10 minute slots Institutional showcase: 29/06/2015 Driving institutional change through staff-student partnership
  21. 21. Share your ideas »In your groups: › Share how you are working in partnership with your learners? › Share ideas on how you could scale up partnership working in your college or university › List any challenges or barriers to scaling up and embedding partnership working › Make notes on the flip chart › Tweet with #jiscCAN › Add to the Padlet - http://padlet.com/sarahknight/CAN 30/06/2015 Driving institutional change through staff-student partnership
  22. 22. What one thing? »Send a text to 0207 183 8329 starting with digi »NOTE - if you don’t start the text with digi, it won’t go to our inbox What one thing can you do to support student-staff partnership working in your college or university? 29/06/2015 Driving institutional change through staff-student partnership
  23. 23. Developing successful student staff partnerships New online guide available from: http://bit.ly/jisc-partnership 29/06/2015 Driving institutional change through staff-student partnership
  24. 24. Benchmarking the student digital experience Jisc, NUS andTSEP bit.ly/digistudentexp 09/09/15 Enhancing your learners’ digital experience
  25. 25. jisc.ac.uk Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 29/06/2015 Driving institutional change through staff-student partnership Change Agents’ Network: Sarah.knight@jisc.ac.uk can.jiscinvolve.org Follow us @CANagogy Join our mailing list: Jiscmail.ac.uk/CAN

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