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Working Together: Student Ambassadors for Inquiry-based Learning. Su Arnall Student Coordinator of the CILASS Student Ambassador Network. Structure. The history of the network Inquiry-based learning Student involvement at various levels Discussion. CILASS & the SAN.

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working together student ambassadors for inquiry based learning

Working Together: Student Ambassadors for Inquiry-based Learning

Su Arnall

Student Coordinator of the CILASS Student Ambassador Network

structure
Structure
  • The history of the network
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Student involvement at various levels
  • Discussion
cilass the san
CILASS & the SAN
  • HEFCE-funded CETL working with 26 departments to enhance inquiry-based learning
  • Student Ambassador Network –

28 Ambassadors and 1 Student Co-ordinator

  • No sabbaticals
inquiry based learning
Inquiry-based Learning
  • Self-directed inquiry or research
  • Using technology
  • Collaboration
  • Variation across university
  • Increasing skills and confidence of students

…basis for Student Ambassador Network

hart s ladder of student involvement in schools
Hart’s Ladder of Student Involvement in Schools

From Hart, R. (1994) Children's Participation: From Tokenism to Citizenship. New York: Earthscan.

the role of a student ambassador

Working in partnership at three different levels…

The Role of a Student Ambassador

1. Departmental Role

2. Working group Role

3. Network role

departmental role
Departmental Role
  • Staff-student and teaching committee meetings
  • Departmental champions
  • Curriculum development
  • Raising ideas
  • Module evaluation

“One of the most important and enjoyable aspects of being a staff "CILASSChampion" is discussing with our CILASS ambassadors what they find the most stimulating and rewarding approaches to learning… They can give us new ideas and tell us what has worked well in other departments.”

Dave Phillips, Champion for the Sociology Department

working groups
Working Groups
  • Journal
  • Film
  • Evaluation
  • Technology
  • Dissemination

"Running focus groups on inquiry-based modules ensures that the quality of learning through inquiry is maintained at a high level by encouraging students to disclose their honest views in a friendly, peer-group environment”

Kamal Bhana, Ambassador for the Psychology Department

within the network

Within the Network

Monthly meetings

Staff-student conference

External conferences

Workshops

Research

"Conferences are one of the most exciting opportunities - we get to participate in as CILASS Student Ambassadors. We get to meet others involved in IBL, share best practice and ideas, offer and receive fresh perspectives, and gain motivation to continue the good work!"

Ali Bestwick, Ambassador for the Archaeology Department

the overall impact of the san cilass
The Overall Impact of the SAN/ CILASS
  • Learning in research mode through IBL
  • Spreading of inquiry-based learning across the university
  • Skills and confidence of students

2. Institutional research to enhance the student experience

  • Skills and confidence of Ambassadors
  • Chance to be a part of something
questions for discussion
Questions for Discussion
  • What are your experiences of staff-student partnerships?
  • How far should student involvement go?
  • What are the barriers/enablers for staff-student partnerships?

Contact details…

Website address: http://www.shef.ac.uk/cilass/

Su Arnall (su.arnall@googlemail.com)

Sabine Little – staff coordinator of the SAN (s.little@shef.ac.uk)