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June 11-14, 2018
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada

Welcome to the website for the third International Institute on ‘Students as Partners (SaP) in learning and teaching in higher education’ organised by the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation, & Excellence in Teaching & Learning, McMaster University, Canada.

This International SaP Institute has several key features which make it distinctive:

  • The overall aim of the International Institute is to build the capacity and understanding of faculty, staff and students to develop, design and implement initiatives to promote the practice of students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education.
  • Faculty, staff and students in higher education are invited to come to McMaster University, about 45 minutes south of Toronto International Airport, for two or four days from 11-14 June 2018.
  • Faculty and staff are encouraged where possible to bring a student with them, or students to bring a member of faculty/staff with them, to participate in one or two consecutive two day interactive workshops.
  • Alternatively teams of 4-6 faculty/staff and students (at least two of each) from an institution can apply to join a three-and-a-half day ‘Change Institute’ where they will be supported to plan the implementation of a Students as Partners initiative. Inter-institutional and international teams are also welcome.
  • The Institute will be facilitated by highly experienced faculty, staff and students from Australia, Canada, US, and UK.
  • The McMaster International SaP Institute will have students threaded throughout every aspect of the work – from the planning to the facilitating to the participating teams.

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • 30 November 2017: Registration for workshops open on a first come, first served basis. (Register Here!)
  • 16 February 2018: Change Institute applications due (Apply Here!)
  • 2 March 2018: Change Institute teams notified of acceptance
  • 30 March 2018: Early Bird Registration deadline
  • 1 June 2018: Regular Registration deadline
  • 11-14 June 2018: Institute


Views of some participants in previous Institutes:

“Overall, I found the institute to be an eye-opening experience. As a student, it allowed me to learn from perspectives of those that I don’t often hear from (professors, educational developers, curriculum developers), and provided me with a growing sense of agency over my own education.”

“The inclusion of student partners was terrific and essential.  I wish we could have brought a student or two.  The time to simply plan in a context with stimulation, structure, and feedback was so valuable.” 

“Having a chance to work with students and teachers from around the world and seeing the way they do things at their universities was really enlightening.”

“By far the most beneficial and enjoyable aspects … were the networking opportunities which led to collaboration and collective knowledge building. The international nature of these discussions really helped me to reconsider my assumptions about partnership, and UG research and enquiry.”

“Thanks for this most challenging and rewarding experience, a very inspiring three days! We very much appreciated both the balance between systematic impetus, drawing on the community present and focusing on our own issues.” 

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