Hi Kelly Matthews.
Enjoy the latest Australian Students as Partners Network update.
Cheers, Kelly Matthews

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Launch of New Journal

International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is a new open access journal about learning and teaching together in higher education that explores new perspectives, practices, and policies regarding how students and staff (meaning academic staff/faculty, professional staff, and other stakeholders) are working in partnership to enhance learning and teaching in higher education.

IJSaP is produced using a partnership approach with teams of students and staff from Australia, Canada, UK and USA.

Get involved with IJSaP today!

  1. Submit - IJSaP values multiple forms of analysis, including research articles, case studies, opinion pieces, reflective essays, and reviews. Read more about submissions here. 
  2. Review - Students and staff are invited to be peer-reviewers for submissions by joining the International Review Panel. New to peer-reviewing journal articles? No problem - IJSaP has a new to reviewing training scheme in place. Express interest to review here

Register Now!

The second International Summer Institute on 'Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ is happening from 8-11 May 2017 in McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Students and staff can come along to learn more about developing, designing, and implementing initiatives to promote the practice of students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education.

The Summer Institute has several options on offer.

  1. Two-day Workshop on Students as partners in curriculum design and pedagogic consultancy
  2. Two-day Workshop on Students as partners in teaching, learning and assessment
  3. Four-day Writing Retreat to accelerate writing about students as partners with multiple iterations of targeted feedback
  4. Four-day Change Institute for student-staff teams working to begin or accelerate students as partners initiatives at their institutions 
Make your plans now to attend the premiere international students as partners event of 2017.
Jarred Turner (University of Queensland undergraduate student) and Kelly Matthews (Australian Learning & Teaching Fellow) talking students as partners with Peter Copeman (University of Canberra academic) in 30-minute interview. 

Mentoring and Supervision as Partnership?

'Mentoring and supervision typically connote unidirectional oversight and guidance: an expert shepherds a novice through some sort of learning process', writes Alison Cook-Sather in the latest issue of Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education. Essays in the special issue on mentoring and supervision challenge the traditional assumptions of the supervisor-student and mentor-mentee relationship with practical examples of how such relationships have been reframed within the principles of partnerships. Read more here. 

Future of Student Engagement is Partnership

In a recent opinion piece in the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, I offer a vision for student engagement as students as partners. Student engagement tends to focus on what universities do to or for students, while students as partners is a process of engagement premised on how students and staff in universities work together on shared educational goals. I argue that, 'partnership is a relational process between students and staff underpinned by a mindset – and an institutional culture that values the collaborative interaction between all members of the university community'.

Have a read and let me know your opinion on my opinion! 
UNSW Hero Program: Case Study of Partnership

'In order for a university to be successful, it needs to work not just for its students, but with them as well', says Anatoli Kovalev from University of New South Wales (UNSW). And with all the technological changes of the past decade and more to come, Anatoli outlines how the Hero Program emerged as a means to engage students and staff as partners in supporting educational technologies while making room for innovative solutions to local challenges. A win-win situation for both students and staff at UNSW. Read more here. 


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