Students as Partners in Higher Education

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking around students having a say in the way they learn and the concept of students as consumers or customers. I read a scathing article about student experience surveys (SESs) on the Campus Review website  back in March and have started being far more aware of their impact.

For instance, I’ve suggested that perhaps we don’t link every damned thing in an online course – that we teach students the valuable incidental skills of working within an information architecture, of learning to browse and identify credible resources, etc. and have been told that students complain about it. When I said “Really? But what about teaching information literacy as a skill?” the replies I got basically boiled down to this: if a student complains on a student experience survey, the instructor can be held back from promotion or get their wrists slapped.

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