This week is our annual Students as Co-Creators Symposium and I’m very much looking forward to exploring the themes proposed by our student partners on the day. Our student partners have given us a sense of what co-creation has meant to them and what issues they’d like to explore.
Working with students as active partners to co-create their learning experience can be a very valuable and meaningful way to ensure that the curriculum and wider student experience is authentic, inclusive and current.
There are benefits for students as they are motivated to engage, and gain skills and confidence. Co-creation initiatives can also give students the sense that they are invested and matter to their institution, and recent research by Wonkhe and Pearson places autonomy and agency as one of the four foundations of student belonging. Indeed, belonging must be co-created; you can’t just tell a student that they belong.