It is a pleasure and a privilege to have been asked to speak at the launch of the University of Chichester’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2014-2020. The document is comprehensive and compelling.
I am going to focus on a number of key themes in the strategy that are close to the work we are doing at the University of Lincoln. The themes are ‘the emphasis on students as active participants and collaborators’ (p.3), working in ‘partnership with the student community’ (p.4), ‘Critical engagement and continual dialogue between staff and students, with students seen as collaborative partners in the development of new knowledge and understanding’ (p.8) and ‘Creating spaces for co-operative and collaborative working amongst students and staff’ (p.14). All of these themes, and the principles and practices on which they are based, are very close to the concept around which we organise the University of Lincoln’s Teaching and Learning Strategy 2011-2016: Student as Producer.
Student as Producer is the organising principle for teaching and learning at the University of Lincoln since 2010, based on the practice of research-engaged pedagogies.
- Against Student as Consumer (Kandiko 2013) and Pedagogy of Debt (Williams 2006).
- For productivist and participatory pedagogies (Neary et al 2014), e.g., Biobunch and Making Digital Histories
- Bureaucracy: ethics and morality (Paul Du Gay 2000)
- Teaching Academy: formal and informal support, including ‘the undercommons’ (Harney and Moten 2013)
- Technology: hacking the university (Winn and Lockwood 2013)
- Learning Landscapes in Higher Education
- Student Engagement: beyond management fads in Higher Education (Birnbaum 2000)
- Academic Voice: Research+Teaching: University of Berlin 1810 (von Humboldt 1854) Author as Producer (Benjamin 1934), 1968 and its Afterlives (Ross 2002) Research v Teaching (Boyer 1998), Occupy: new pedagogies in space and time (Neary and Amsler 2012)
Networks of Student as Producer
- Reinvention: An International Journal for Student Research
- Higher Education Academy: Students as Partners
- British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR)
- Vanderbilt University, USA
- University of British Columbia, Canada
Unfinished: or how to avoid recuperation (The Politics of Abolition Mathiesen 1974)
- Social Science Centre, Lincoln: ‘Something New in Freedom’ THE May 2013, ‘Anyone Can Teach, Everyone Can Learn’ NIACE Spring 2012, ‘An Experiment in Free Co-operative Higher Education’ Radical Philosophy Nov/Dec 2013
Silent Revolution in Higher Education
‘There is a silent revolution happening in higher education, for the most part unseen…enlivened learning‘ (Teamey and Mandel 2012-2014)
And so, in the spirit of enlivened learning, I commend the University of Chichester’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2014-2020, to you.