Teaching, Learning & Assessment Participant group photo

May 8-11, 2017
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada

Welcome to the website for the second International Summer Institute on ‘Students as Partners 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 Summer Institute has several key features which make it distinctive:

  • The overall aim of the International Summer 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 8-11 May 2017.
  • 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 Summer Institute will be facilitated by highly experienced faculty, staff and students from Australia, Canada, US, and UK.
  • The McMaster International Summer Institute will have students threaded throughout every aspect of the work – from the planning to the facilitating to the participating teams.

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • 17 February 2017: Change Institute applications due (Apply Here!)
  • 3 March 2017: Change Institute teams notified of acceptance
  • 31 March 2017: Early Bird Registration deadline (Register Here!)
  • 30 April 2017: Regular Registration deadline
  • 8-11 May 2017: Institute


Views of some participants in the 2016 Summer Institute:

“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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