30% of respondents to the 2014 UCISA Digital Capabilities Survey[iii] report that they are working with students as change agents with another 46% ‘working towards’ this. Institutions are exploring creative ways of working in partnership with students to transform their learning experience and how innovative use of technology can facilitate this. Models of engagement vary from small-scale discrete projects to institution wide initiatives. Growing effective practice beyond any pilot phase can be challenging.
“The challenges of collaborating and sharing ideas and information across large institutions were felt to be difficult to surmount but will result in positive outcomes for individuals, teams and institutions if successful.” Executive Summary, UCISA Digital Capabilities Survey, 2014.
This workshop offers delegates an opportunity to explore emerging models of SE identified through the xxxx change agent’s network[iv] and their Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change as well as how technology can supported change agency initiatives.
Students and staff from two universities will share their experiences of scaling-up SE initiatives and will lead small group discussions aimed at sharing and adapting specific implementation strategies to suit the different contexts and perspectives of delegates.
- Introduction and workshop aims (5 min)
- Presentation of 2 institutional examples (10 min)
- Facilitated discussions to support participants to develop own models (20 mins)
- Participants use ‘tech trumps’ approach to explore the affordances of different technologies change agents are using (20 mins)
- Closing plenary to identify new ideas for scaling-up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives (5 mins)
Participants will benefit through:
- Sharing effective practice in scaling up and embedding learner as change agent initiatives
- Sharing ideas on the affordances of different technologies to support change agency ventures
- Hearing from students and staff about the wider benefits of participating in change agent programmes
All workshop materials will be made available from the xxxx CAN blog: http://can.xxxxinvolve.org
[i] QAA. The UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Available: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code (accessed 27/03/15)
[ii] BIS (2014). Government Response to recommendations of FELTAG action group. Available:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320242/bis-14-841-government-response-to-recommendations-from-the-FELTAG-action-plan.pdf (accessed27/03/15)
[iv] Jisc (2015). Change agents’ network. Available: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/change-agents-network(accessed 24/03/15)
Sims, S., Lowe, T., Barnes, G. & Hutber, L. (2014). The Student Fellows Scheme: A partnership between the University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union. Educational Developments, 15 (3), 7-10.