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Student As Partner: Enhancing Student Engagement Through a Focus on Assessment As Learning in Digital Spaces

April 3, 2017

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This workshop with Jim Groom will explore authentic assessment and participatory pedagogies through the productive collision of two ideas: Student as Producer and Domain of One’s Own. The Student as Producer model advocates a pedagogic approach foregrounding student voice, choice and creativity so that students can recognise themselves in a world of their own design and take responsibility for their own learning. This has broad ramifications across the institution, impacting on learning spaces, assessment and digital technology (Neary, et al. 2015). This partnership approach to teaching and learning is positively correlated with learning gain (Healey et. al. 2014). The Domain of One’s Own initiative emphasises a partnership approach to teaching and learning, and reworks the relationships between research and teaching, between producing and consuming, and between educators and students (Groom & Lamb, 2014). Partnership with students, not only as learners but as teachers and assessors, can contribute to developing graduate attributes that can sustain students/graduates in their working lives and civil society. The workshop will engage participants in reflecting on these relationships, and exploring opportunities for developing more participatory pedagogies, including students as assessors of their own learning.


Groom, J., and Lamb, B. 2014. Reclaiming innovation. Educause Review (June 2014).

Healey, M., Flint, A., and Harrington, K. 2014. Engagement through partnership: Students as partners in learning and teaching in Higher Education. York: Higher Education Academy.

Neary, M., Saunders, G., Hagyard, A. and Derricott, D. (2015). Student as Producer: Research-engaged teaching, an institutional strategy. York: Higher Education Academy.


Learning Outcomes

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  1. Acquire knowledge of the concepts and methodologies of Student as Producer and Domain of One’s Own, and how they relate to assessment practices
  2. Reflect on their experience of assessing students, differentiating between assessment of, for and as learning
  3. Discuss the role that partnership with students in assessment can have in enhancing student learning
  4. Explore with colleagues ways of embedding creative assessments into their programmes

Target Audience

All university staff who teach, advise, and support students (at all higher education institutions in Ireland)

Format: Workshop