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Hearing the student voice: involving students in curriculum design and development. Ann Rumpus, University of Westminster. The Project:. Initially: To inform staff development and now: To inform curriculum design. ? Your questions………. My questions:.

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Hearing the student voice involving students in curriculum design and development

Hearing the student voice: involving students in curriculum design and development

Ann Rumpus, University of Westminster


The project
The Project: design and development

Initially:

  • To inform staff development

    and now:

  • To inform curriculum design


? design and development

Your questions………..


My questions
My questions: design and development

  • Why are we concerned about “Student Voices” now?

  • How many voices do we need?

  • What impact should “Student Voices” have on the curriculum?


Why are we concerned about student voices now
Why are we concerned about “Student Voices” now? design and development

  • Fees

  • National Students Survey

  • QAA Quality Enhancement Agenda

  • League tables and competition

  • As part of student-centred learning

  • To show we care

  • To meet our needs for dialogue


To show we care
To show we care design and development

Student voices:

  • I feel you are listening more to our feelings and queries

  • Great to hear that the University is concerned


To meet our needs for dialogue
To meet our needs for dialogue: design and development

Staff voices:

  • It has motivated me to improve my approach

  • A benefit was that I was able to empathise more with the students

  • …I found it inspirational

  • Lecturers can’t guess how students feel, this gave both sides an opportunity to voice concerns and beliefs of what is important to each other


How many voices do we need
How many voices do we need? design and development

Is the “Student Voice” representative?

Staff voices:

  • Entirely anecdotal. No idea whether views are representative of general opinion

  • I’m not sure how relevant the feedback is to the course which I deliver


Is the student voice representative
Is the student voice representative? design and development

  • No - but nor is much of the feedback we use

  • It’s only one item of evidence

  • It promotes reflection rather than providing an “answer”


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Is the student voice representative? design and development

Staff voices:

  • It gave me the confidence to refine my teaching

  • I will be aware that small comments/ actions of mine can be very important

  • There is a link to reflective practice

  • I now understand how different the staff and student experiences are


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Is the student voice representative? design and development

  • I feel I have a better understanding of my students’ motivation and interests

  • I was surprised by how thoughtful and responsible students were in their comments


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Is the student voice representative? design and development

  • Choose a variety of methods

  • Be flexible in approach

  • Reach as many students as you can

  • Use it as a tool for thinking

  • Be clear when you have been selective in using extracts


What impact should student voices have on the curriculum
What impact should “Student Voices” have on the curriculum?

  • On content? Do students know what they will need to know?

  • On delivery? Student perceptions on how they like to learn.

  • Who knows best?


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What impact should “Student Voices” have on the curriculum?

Staff voices

  • How can we encourage dialogue about learning experiences within the classroom?

  • How do we give the students the language of understanding teaching and learning?


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What impact should “Student Voices” have on the curriculum?

  • We’re not getting enough critical feedback on our presentations

  • Discussing aspects with other students help us understand the subject

  • No forced group work!

  • Presentations were daunting but I can see how it helps to build confidence.


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What impact should “Student Voices” have on the curriculum?

  • Maybe do more stats questions at home to discuss in class

  • Good that you relate the metabolic pathways to the uses, rather than cramming in all the detail

  • Can we have a speaker on the latest work on aging?


What impact should student voices have on the curriculum4
What impact should “Student Voices” have on the curriculum?

  • More case analysis of political situations, how the decisions are made, e.g. why the major economic powers did not sign the Kyoto agreement; why China voted no against the 2007 Burmese; why is whale hunting wrong?


Conclusions
Conclusions curriculum?

  • “Student Voices” not to inform the curriculum, but to be a part of it?

  • Encouraging the students to use their “voice” in general

  • Making it a two-way dialogue

  • Enriching the experience as a whole


Thank you curriculum?


Questions to students
Questions to students curriculum?

  • Do you feel encouraged to give your opinions?

  • Do you feel able to discuss things of importance to you?

  • What meaningful ways should be used to collect student views?

  • Do you think changes will be made as a result of your contributions?

  • Are you able to influence your curriculum?


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