We are gradually receiving the presentations from CAN 2018 and they are being added to the Resources page.
Along with the resources, there is a Storify and we’ve just received a link to a comprehensive blog post by Brad Forsyth and Jake Forecast, who presented last year at CAN 2017 as students from Epping Forest College. This year’s blog posting gives a wonderful overview of the range of events and topics discussed this year during the 2 day conference at the University of Winchester.
The Change Agents’ Network conference at the University of Winchester on 19 and 20 April was an opportunity for staff and students to share their experiences in organised sessions as well as many informal ways; the breaks and meals in the warm sunshine encouraged us to sit and talk. The conference was excellently organised and supported by the Winchester team who we thank for the considerable effort involved in putting it all together.
You can get a ‘flavour’ of the conference by having a look at the Storify from the CAN 2018 conference which is here.
Sarah Knight, Head of change for student experience at Jisc, shares her reflections on the conference here
Jasper Shotts, lecturer, and Reece Taylor-Long, student, at the University of Lincoln presented a CAN session called, ‘Making it worth your while; staff-student partnerships for more flexible learning’. Read their conference reflections here.
In the coming week, we will be adding resources from the sessions and photos. While you’re waiting, here is a little sample of images from the event.
Posted on behalf of Clare Killen:
CAN Conference: Championing Student-Staff Partnerships in an Age of Change
Full programme now available
Proudly hosted by The University of Winchester, the 6th annual Change Agents’ Network Conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate innovative practice in student and staff partnership working and how this is driving curriculum innovation. This year’s conference promises to be the best yet!
Along with opportunities to share what works and learn from each other the full programme offers an engaging line up of students and staff with:
- two keynote addresses from Colette Fletcher, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester and Tali Atvars, Student Union President, Winchester Student Union (Day 1) and Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching, Southampton Solent University (Day 2)
- a plenary student led panel
- opportunities for networking – regional clusters and informal meet-up
- 52 workshops, presentation and poster sessions from a diverse range of UK Higher and Further Education providers exploring the conference themes of:
- Keeping student engagement and partnership relevant in an age of change
- Researching, evaluating and evidencing effective engagement and partnership
- Developing digital capabilities in an ever changing landscape
- Ensuring the student voice is heard and the feedback loop is closed
- Student-staff partnerships to support innovation and inclusivity in the curriculum
- Entrepreneurship and innovation showcase (posters only)
A notable feature of the conference is that most workshops involve students as workshop leaders or co-presenters.
View the full programme.
The Twitter hashtag for the conference is #CAN18.
Registration is now open for the Change Agent Network Conference 2018 – Student-Staff Partnerships in an Age of Change at the University of Winchester (19th-20th April 2018) Over 60 papers, workshops and symposiums showcasing student engagement, partnership, digital capabilities initiatives and research from across UK higher and further education and skills.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Tali Atvars—Winchester Student Union President
Colette Fletcher—Assistant Vice Chancellor (University of Winchester)
Professor Tansy Jessop – Professor in Research Informed Teaching (Southampton Solent University)
Please visit the University of Winchester registration page.
Take advantage of the Early Bird conference rate!
Keep up to date Follow #CAN2018 to keep updated on conference developments and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Theme One: Keeping student engagement and partnership relevant in an age of change Theme Two: Researching, evaluating and evidencing effective engagement and partnership Theme Three: Developing digital capabilities in an ever changing landscape Theme Four: Ensuring the student voice is heard and the feedback loop is completed Theme Five: Student-staff partnerships to support innovation and inclusivity in the curriculum Theme Six: Entrepreneurship and innovation showcase
The full agenda will be released in February 2018.
We are delighted to confirm Colette Fletcher (assistant vice chancellor at the University of Winchester), Tali Atvars (Winchester student union president) and Tansy Jessop (Professor of Research Informed Teaching, Southampton Solent University) as our keynote speakers for the CAN event 19 & 20 April 2018.
The deadline for submitting a proposal for the event is 12 January 2018. Further information, guidance and the proposal forms are located here.
Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change
We are delighted to announce the publication of the 5th edition of the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change: Vol 3, No 2 (2017): Embedding the Culture of Engagement
. This edition brings together practice which was presented at the CAN 2016 conference
held at the University of Lincoln and showcases the innovative practice in student-staff partnerships.
Joint editors of this edition, Simon Walker, Reece Horsley, John-Paul Dickie, Marcus Elliot, Duncan McKenna, Emily Parkin, Sarah Knight share their reflections, in the editors’ introduction, on the practice which is shared through case studies, research articles, opinion pieces, technology reviews and videos in the journal.
The Journal to date has published 100 articles, which have had 30,000 views and 11,000 article downloads since 2015, showing the importance of sharing current practice in the area of student staff partnerships. The Journal was established to encourage and support students to publish their work in this area and we are delighted to see students as authors and co-authors in this edition.
We are delighted to announce the call for contributions for CAN 2018 hosted by the University of Winchester and supported by Jisc. This year the CAN conference will be focusing on student-staff partnerships at universities and colleges in the age of change. With significant developments happening across the UK educational landscape, the conference themes ask us to be both reflective and dynamic in our practice, in order to facilitate effective partnerships and improve the student educational experience.
We particularly welcome contributions for the themes below. A brief description of these themes and the types of submissions can be found on this blog page.
- Theme One: Keeping Student Engagement and Partnership Relevant in an Age of Change
- Theme Two: Researching, Evaluating and Evidencing effective Engagement and Partnership
- Theme Three: Developing Digital Capabilities in an Ever Changing Landscape
- Theme Four: Ensuring the Student Voice is heard and the Feedback Loop is closed
- Theme Five: Student-Staff Partnerships to support Innovation and Inclusivity in the Curriculum
- Theme Six: (posters only) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Showcase
Please submit your proposal to CAN@winchester.ac.uk by the 12th January 2018. Forms can be found here.
- We will give priority to contributions which are student-led or collaboratively delivered by staff and students
- We will confirm which proposals have been accepted by Monday 9th February 2018
Registration for the conference will open in January. Please visit https://can.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2018-can-conference-winchester/ to keep updated on conference developments.
If you have any questions please contact: CAN@winchester.ac.uk
To follow developments about CAN2018 and the Change Agents’ Network follow @CANagogy and the Twitter hashtag #CAN2018 for this event. You can join the Change Agents’ Network mailing list:http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/CAN
CAN 2018: Championing student-staff partnership in an age of change, will take place on 19- 20 April 2018 at the University of Winchester. Early bird registration opens on the 11th January 2018. To find out more, and for information about conference themes and a proposal submission form, visit the linked Events pages.
Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change
We are delighted to announce the launch of the special issue of the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change: Vol 3, No 1 (2017): Reacting to the ‘Hard to Reach’ through Student Engagement Initiatives.
This special issue of The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change is slightly different from previous issues in that it focuses on a particular programme, known as ‘REACT’, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). ‘Realising Engagement Through Active Culture Transformation’, or REACT, looks closely at the engagement of so-called ‘hard-to-reach’ students in Higher Education, and this issue of the journal provides a kaleidoscope of views and standpoints, starting points and conclusions, through both qualitative descriptions and reporting of quantitative data. It is not a ‘recipe book’ for ‘student engagement’. There is no clear-cut, neat picture of what ‘student engagement’ is, nor of what characterises a ‘hard-to-reach’ student. However, overall, it gives a rich picture of the many complexities of engaging with students who are less likely to engage, and of the many ways in which universities are working to understand the issues and consequences and to engage all students more effectively.
In all, forty-four contributions make up this issue, in the form of research articles, case studies and opinion pieces. Much has already been written on the topic of ‘student engagement’, but the importance of this particular set of pieces is that they narrow the focus of ‘student engagement’ by concentrating specifically on ‘hard-to-reach’ students. This does not mean narrowing or ‘closing down’ any aspect of discussion on the topic, but it provides a particular lens with the potential to inform wider debates.
Please do take a moment of your time to have a look at the journal and read some of the exciting work from the institutions across the programme.
You can access this issue here.