McMaster has a long history of empowering students and educators to enhance teaching and learning experiences. As one of the MacPherson Institute’s flagship programs and core funding opportunities, the Student Partnership Program is an example of how collaboration and co-creation can become a transformational experience for both instructors and learners.
In recognition that student partnership exists in many forms across post-secondary institutions, the MacPherson Institute will host a Students as Partners Community Forum to bring together audiences who have created, plan to create or have participated in a student partnership program. This event aims to enhance and enrich the partnership experience by creating a platform for sharing, exploring and exchanging ideas.
This event will be geared towards anyone interested in learning or sharing about the student partnership experience, including but not limited to faculty, instructors, staff, community partners, graduate students, undergraduate students, librarians, post-doctoral fellows, sessional instructors and teaching assistants.
The Students as Partners Community Forum will:
- Provide a space to work in partnership within and across institutions by sharing principles of partnerships and how they can be adopted to support students as partners initiatives
- Enhance knowledge and understanding of the ethos of students working in partnership with staff, faculty and instructors across Canadian institutions
- Recognize and celebrate achievements in Students as Partners initiatives across different institutions
- Build the Student Partner Program network and opportunities for national connection
- Empower student voices
The Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation & Excellence in Teaching is excited to announce the inaugural 2024 Students as Partners Community Forum (SaPCF). The SaPCF will be a two-day event that will feature a diverse range of activities including panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking sessions.
We invite faculty, instructors, staff, community partners, graduate students, undergraduate students, librarians, post-doctoral fellows, sessional instructors and teaching assistants. to share experiences and insights related to student-faculty partnerships from their contexts. The event will be hosted in a blended format over two days.
Day 1: May 28, 2024
Time: 11:30AM-3:30PM EST
Purpose: The virtual event will bring together colleagues to recognize and celebrate achievements in student partnership initiatives across various institutions. This event will include presentations from the call for proposals.
Registration: Opens April 1, 2024
Day 2: June 26, 2024
Format: In-person at McMaster University
Purpose: The in-person event will bring together colleagues to build the Student Partner Program network and create opportunities for national connection. This event will not include presentations from the call for proposals, but programming will be developed based on community feedback from the May 28 event.
Registration: Opens June 1, 2024
Cost: Nominal fee with reduced student rate – please check back
*Registrants can choose to attend one or both events.
The Call for Proposals will open on January 29th and close on March 11th. Submit proposals through our Microsoft Form.
We invite proposals for the Community Forum virtual event being held on May 28th 2024.
Please note: submissions will only be accepted for applicants who can attend and present on Day 1 (May 28). Programming for Day 2 (June 26) will be determined based on feedback from participants on Day 1.
We welcome submissions that either showcase noteworthy aspects of your institutional program OR provide concise project-level updates related to your project involving students as partners. To apply we are asking that you have some experience of working within a students as partners model. If you are interested in applying and are not currently connected to a partnership program, please reach out to us. Submissions should be written and/or delivered in partnership and should explore one or more of the students as partners conceptual model topic areas (Healey, 2016) :
- Learning, teaching and assessment
- Curriculum design and pedagogic consultancy
- Subject-based research and inquiry
- Scholarship of teaching and learning
Proposals can take the form of the following two types of participation:
- Spark the Conversation: Showcasing Your Students as Partners Program (Virtual Presentation) (25 + 5 min questions):
These spotlight sessions are intended to provide an opportunity for presenters to share the driving forces and inspiration that brought their Students as Partners Programs to life. Delve into the model you’ve implemented, celebrating the successes and candidly exploring areas for growth and enhancement. Our goal is to ignite inspiration and spark meaningful conversations. We hope these sessions serve as a catalyst for collaboration, fostering dynamic dialogue among institutions committed to the Students as Partners approach. Let’s join forces to take the partnership movement to new heights!
- Celebrate your Creativity: Students as Partners Project Showcase (Virtual Poster Presentations) (5 minutes + 2 min questions):
In just 5 minutes, and one slide, highlight your ideas and research findings sas you present your Students as Partners projects in an informal and engaging setting. This isn’t just about showcasing your work; it’s an exciting exchange of innovative ideas that will lead to spirited discussions among fellow event attendees. Prepare to inspire and transform your ideas and research findings into impactful conversations.