Addressing potential challenges in co-creating learning and teaching: overcoming resistance, navigating institutional norms and ensuring inclusivity in student–staff partnerships

Bovill, C., Cook-Sather, A., Felten, P., Millard, L. and Moore-Cherry, N. (2016) Addressing potential challenges in co-creating learning and teaching: overcoming resistance, navigating institutional norms and ensuring inclusivity in student–staff partnerships. Higher Education, 71(2), pp. 195-208. (doi:10.1007/s10734-015-9896-4)

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Abstract

Against a backdrop of rising interest in students becoming partners in learning and teaching in higher education, this paper begins by exploring the relationships between student engagement, co-creation and student–staff partnership before providing a typology of the roles students can assume in working collaboratively with staff. Acknowledging that co-creating learning and teaching is not straightforward, a set of examples from higher education institutions in Europe and North America illustrates some important challenges that can arise during co-creation. These examples also provide the basis for suggestions regarding how such challenges might be resolved or re-envisaged as opportunities for more meaningful collaboration. The challenges are presented under three headings: resistance to co-creation; navigating institutional structures, practices and norms; and establishing an inclusive co-creation approach. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of transparency within co-creation approaches and of changing mindsets about the potential opportunities and institutional benefits of staff and students co-creating learning and teaching.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-015-9896-4
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bovill, Dr Catherine
Authors: Bovill, C., Cook-Sather, A., Felten, P., Millard, L., and Moore-Cherry, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Higher Education
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:0018-1560
ISSN (Online):1573-174X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Springer International Publishing
First Published:First published in Higher Education 2015
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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