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International Students as Partners Institute (ISaPI) 2018

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Posting on behalf of Mick Healey and Beth Marquis:

The 3rd International Students as Partners Institute (ISaPI) will be held at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (approx. 45 min south of Toronto Airport) from 11-14 June 2018. If you are interested, please put these dates in your diary. This is the week after the International Consortium of Educational Developers (ICED) conference in Atlanta. Why not come for both? Please pass this message on to any colleagues you think may be interested in ISaPI.

The overall aim of ISaPI is to build the capacity and understanding of faculty, staff, and students to develop, design, implement, and disseminate initiatives that promote the practice of students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education. Close to 200 staff/faculty and students have participated in the last two years in roughly equal numbers. Here are some comments:

“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.”

“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.”

In 2018, staff and faculty are encouraged, where possible, to bring a student with them, or students to bring a member of staff/faculty with them to participate in one or two consecutive two-day interactive workshops:

  • Doing students as partners well: Exploring powerful in-class and extra-curricular practices
  • Being a good partner: Understanding the dynamics of power-sharing partnership practices

These are new topics, run by a new team, so previous participants are encouraged to join us again.

Teams of 4-6 faculty/staff and students (at least two of each) from an institution can apply to join a 3.5 day ‘Change Institute’ at which they’ll develop a ‘students as partners’ initiative they hope to implement in the coming year. All activities will be facilitated by a highly experienced international team of staff/faculty and students from Australia, Canada, US and UK.

One of the outcomes of the first ISaPI was the establishment of the International Journal for Students as Partners, which publishes research articles, case studies, reflective essays and opinion pieces.  It is run, like ISaPI, by an international team of faculty/staff and students. The second issue should be out next week.

For further details about this institute and for booking please go to: http://tinyurl.com/ISAPI2018

Here are some further comments from previous years’ participants:

“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.”

“The best thing about the Institute was 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.”

“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.”

 Key Dates & Deadlines

  • 1 November 2017: Registration for workshops open on a first come, first served basis.
  • 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

 

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