Program 2016

Draft ‘Schedule at a Glance’


The McMaster Summer Institute on ‘Students as Partners’ will take place from 09.00am on Monday 8 May 2017, until 1.30pm after lunch on Thursday 11 May. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to apply for the Workshop Program or the Change Institute. A program of activities and social events will take place during the three and a-half-days to allow for networking between delegates within and between the different groups.

Participants are also invited to bring a poster showcasing a relevant student-faculty/staff partnership project to display for the duration of the Summer Institute. A poster reception is planned. For more information about posters, see the ‘Posters & Case Studies‘ page on this site.  

Workshop Program, May 8-9 and 10-11

Faculty/staff and students are encouraged to apply in pairs (or as individuals, although pairs are strongly encouraged) to participate in either one or both of these consecutive workshops.

May 8-9

Students as partners in curriculum design and pedagogic consultancy – Participants in this workshop will consider examples and plan their own approaches for engaging students as partners in designing the curriculum and consulting on teaching and learning. These forms of deep partnership often result in the development of new learning materials, course or curricular revision, or the enhancement of teaching practices. This workshop is well suited for those interested in beginning intensive and deep partnership approaches.

Facilitators: Sophia Abbot, Cathy Bovill, Lucy Mercer-Mapstone

May 10-11

Students as partners in teaching, learning and assessment – In this workshop we will explore how students may take on some of the traditional classroom responsibilities of teachers by partnering with instructors and peers to teach, learn and assess together. This workshop will explore the relevant research and practical strategies from a range of disciplines that participants can adapt for their own use. This workshop is well suited for those relatively new to partnership who are interested in making small scale changes to their practice.

Facilitators: Sophia Abbot, Cathy Bovill, Lucy Mercer-Mapstone


Change Institute, May 8-11

Teams of 4-6 faculty/staff and students (at least two of each) from an institution (or a group of institutions working together on a project) may 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. Approximately half the time during the Institute will be spent with team members developing your initiative with the support of a mentor and the remainder will be spent in plenary with the other teams developing ideas and sharing experiences supported by a facilitator. Teams should come with a strategic initiative which has already been approved in principle within their institution(s), but should be at the early stages of developing and implementing the initiative.

Facilitators: Peter Felten, Mick Healey, Sabrina Kirby, Kris Knorr, Beth Marquis, Rafaella Shammas, Cherie Woolmer

To apply for the Change Institute, please fill out this APPLICATION FORM. Applications are due by 17 February 2017.

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