Students-as-Partners in HPETE

With the growing movement in HPETE programs to recognise student voice, I wanted to share my three key messages and advice about Students-as-Partners (SaP) projects.

One step at a time

Start with a small and achievable SaP project. My first SaP project involved co-constructing and co-delivering a single lecture. Through this, I was able to experience success and build my knowledge and skills about SaP projects. My next two SaP projects then involved co(re)-designing a course and co-evaluating it.

People first, project second

Dedicate time at the start of the project to getting to know each other and start meetings checking-in with each other. A successful SaP project depends on delegation and negotiation. It’s therefore important that you understand the strengths of each team member and what they bring to the project as well as how to communicate effectively with each other. Additionally, any SaP project will have tangible outcomes (e.g., a redesigned course), but they also have the potential to change the people involved.

Select a goal, not a specific outcome

When deciding on a SaP project, you need to balance structure and flexibility. It’s important to have a clear focus or goal but be open to different ways of reaching that focus or goal. Students in the SaP project are not there to action your ideas. They offer unique knowledge, skills, and experience that can enhance your teaching and learning. They might have different ideas for how to achieve the focus or goal and together you can work towards achieving it.

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of publishing a paper with two students on our experiences in SaP projects, which can be accessed here: