Changes in the provision of teaching and learning across higher education (HE), further education (FE) and skills are transforming the relationship between institutions and their learners.
With raised learner expectations, institutions need to develop innovative ways to deliver the curriculum to maintain a high-level learning experience.
Benefits for students of this kind of collaborative working include gaining knowledge and experience of leadership and influencing change.
What you can do
Understand learner expectations
Part of successful collaboration with students is coming to an understanding about learners’ expectations and experiences of technology.
Our digital student project has done extensive research into the HE, FE and skills sectors and has produced a range of resources that can help bring the learner experience into the heart of curriculum design.
Benchmark against other institutions
To help establish how well you are currently working to meet learners’ expectations of technology, use the Jisc/NUS benchmarking tool - either for your whole institution or at the course, department or service area level.
Digitally-develop your staff
While improving the engagement of learners is a major benefit, it's also an opportunity for staff to develop their own project management skills and digital capabilities. Our guide to digitally-enabling your team explores this further.
Plan your tailored approach
To support you in implementing successful staff-student partnership, we have produced a self-diagnostic toolkit.
It is particularly effective if you work through it with students themselves.
Case studies: what others have been doing
The following case studies, emerging from our change agents' network and digital student projects, are based on the experiences of institutions that have been running successful partnerships:
- Improving learner involvement and satisfaction at Pembrokeshire College
- Digital ambassadors programme at Harlow College
- Student fellowship scheme at the University of Winchester
- Various collaborative initiatives at the University of Lincoln
Our change agents’ network is a highly-active community of staff and students working in partnership to support curriculum enhancement and innovation.