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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
CON03.04 - How do you partner with student scholars?

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Whether you are keen to engage students as partners in particular initiatives (Felten et al., 2013), or as co-inquirers who shape research, (Dunne & Zandstra, 2011) or as agents in transformative learning experiences and multiple perspectives (Cook-Sather, 2013), this session addresses several puposes.Healthy partnerships come with its challenges, including dismantling entrenched structures of authority or sharing power meaningfully (Delpish et al., 2010). Establishing partnerships is hard, and the democratizing potential of the students as change agents can sometimes be overstated (Weller et al., 2013). Last year, the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) named enhanced student partnerships as a central goal in its strategic plan. MIIETL implemented a novel student scholar program that has grown from 16 to about 50 students. Student partners are full members of institute project teams, and involved in much of MIIETL’s core business. We provide brief perspectives from students, faculty, and staff involved in this initiative, and map these on to established models of student engagement (e.g., Healey et al.). Most of the session will be devoted to exchanging implementation strategies, successes and challenges with the audience.This session exemplifies the conference theme of Achieving Harmony, Tuning Into Practice, with a particular focus on transforming the relationships between students, faculty and staff. Participant outcomes include learning about the existing literature on students as partners, examples of several case studies that will build on that scholarship highlighting possibilities for engaging students as change agents in their own contexts.

Cook-Sather, A. (2014). Student-faculty partnership in explorations of pedagogical practice: A threshold concept in academic development. International Journal for Academic Development, 19(3), 186-198. **Note the year was wrong in the abstract. Should be (Cook-Sather 2014).

Dunne, E. & Zandstra, R. (2011). Students as Change Agents. New Ways of Engaging with Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Bristol: HE Subject Centre for Education. Retrieved from: http://escalate.ac.uk/downloads/8247.pdf.

Felten, P., Bagg, J., Bumbry, M., Hill, J., Hornsby, K., Pratt, M., & Weller, S. (2013). A call for expanding inclusive student engagement in SOTL. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2), 63-74.

Healey, M., Flint, A., & Harrington, K. (2014) Engagement through Partnership: Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. York: HE Academy. Retrieved from: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/engagement-through-partnership-students-partners-learning-and-teaching-higher-education

Speakers
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Arshad Ahmad

Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning & Director, MIIETL, McMaster University
Dr. Arshad Ahmad is the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning and Director of Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) at McMaster University. He is the Past Coordinator of the 3MNTF program and a 3M National Teaching Fellow. He is the Past... Read More →
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Elizabeth Marquis

McMaster University
Beth Marquis is an Assistant Professor in the Arts & Science Program and the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL).


Wednesday June 17, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Mackenzie Room

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