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1 Working Together: Student Ambassadors for Inquiry-based Learning Su Arnall Student Coordinator of the CILASS Student Ambassador Network

2 Structure The history of the network Inquiry-based learning Student involvement at various levels Discussion

3 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

4 4 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

5 Harts Ladder of Student Involvement in Schools From Hart, R. (1994) Children's Participation: From Tokenism to Citizenship. New York: Earthscan.

6 The Role of a Student Ambassador 1. Departmental Role 2. Working group Role 3. Network role Working in partnership at three different levels…

7 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 "CILASS Champion" 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

8 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

9 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

10 The Overall Impact of the SAN/ CILASS 1.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

11 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: Su Arnall Sabine Little – staff coordinator of the SAN


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