In the effort to make education connect to the student’s current proficiency level and requirements, the focus is increasingly shifting to the role of students in the course design process. They can be involved in the process of designing exercises, courses and programmes through student-teacher partnerships and co-creation. That’s what the Educate-it programme is working on with the Student Engagement project.
To engage with students and align with their needs, it is important to assign them an active role. Involving students in the process of their education can improve their academic outcomes. One way to increase student engagement early on is to communicate to them how the design of the course will affect them and what they can expect from you as their teacher. You can involve your students in the (re)design of your course. This is called co-creation. There are various ways to approach co-creation.
Educate-it Student Involvement project leader Suzanne van Hoogstraten performed a literature study on co-creation. Co-creation in this context is the collaboration between student and teacher to improve the quality of education. In late December, an article about her study was published in the online journal for Educational Innovation by Open University. The article (Dutch only) describes the value of co-creation and a number of important considerations for the process. One important advantage of co-creation is that it results in education that aligns better with students’ current proficiency levels and life experiences. Other advantages include the fact that both student and teacher learn news ways of looking at education, that students become more engaged, and that the relationships between teachers and students change.
At Educate-it, our educational scientists can help you incorporate co-creation in your courses. Educate-it can also help you increase student engagement with blended learning. We have materials available to prepare students for blended learning or for the use of a specific online tool.