The Educate for Impact pillar of the LSE 2030 Strategy commits to working in “partnership with our students to find innovative ways of learning, creating and collaborating, supporting them to better understand and shape our rapidly changing world.”
The following suggestions for engaging students as partners come from across the LSE staff and student community and are informed by sector-wide practice:
- Identify opportunities for students to be active participants in teaching and learning by preparing and delivering parts of classes and seminars to their peers, the co-creation of resources or increasing their engagement with research and inquiry.
Establish early and informal opportunities for students to provide feedback about how they are experiencing different types of resources and approaches to teaching. This could take the form of a short survey or poll at the end of a lecture / seminar via a platform for providing in-the-moment feedback e.g. Unitu (for departments who have opted to take part in the pilot) or a well-promoted online feedback form. We have developed reuseable templates using the Forms app, which is part of Office 365 for the following student feedback activities:
Stop, start, continue
One minute paper
Three open-ended questions
When you click on any of the links to the templates above you will see the message ‘Duplicate this form and start to use it as your own’. Once you have duplicated the template you will be able to edit it if you chose to. Your copy will then be saved in your My Forms app, which can be accessed via forms.office.com. To share with your students, click on the ‘share’ button and use the ‘send and collect responses’ option.
You can find research into other areas of the LSE student experience in the Change Makers research gallery).
- Make space for students to shape their learning environment by framing the class/seminar as a co-constructed space, in which students ultimately share a degree of responsibility for the learning that happens in any class.
- Share some decision-making powerwith your students. This could be through the articulation of a specific learning goal, or proposed class plan, and then empowering students to negotiate on different elements (e.g. question selection, activity type, the amount of time spent on each activity, etc.).
If you have any questions or further suggestions about engaging students as partners, please contact Lydia Halls, Student Partnership Coordinator in the Eden Centre: email@example.com