Steps Towards Student Driven Teaching and Learning

Steps Towards Student Driven Teaching and Learning

Jenny Slaughter, University of Bristol - Download slides here

Higher education institutes; arenas for the education of students. Our institutes are full of students, believe it or not, and whilst we may shy away from such ideas, our students are increasingly becoming ""consumers"" of the ""educational products"" which we deliver. This change in student attitude drives a change our practice which can have huge benefits for both students and academics. Engaging students in the delivery, development and review of our teaching involves them in every stage of the educational arena in which they exist, resulting in not only greater buy-in and student satisfaction but ultimately improving our practice and the activities we deliver.

            Students in the School of Chemistry, at the University of Bristol, both undergraduate and postgraduate, are driving and informing teaching, learning and research in laboratory-based teaching. Here I will outline the various activities, findings and implications of these small scale trials. I will share the successes, failures and lessons learnt and relate how student involvement is informing my own practice, that of the department and allowing us to compare and contrast our teaching and learning across departments.