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Students as Partners is a project in which students can propose and execute their own innovation idea to improve the learning experience. How they want to make this improvement is up to them. Their idea will be about innovation in teaching in their programme, faculty or the entire University. They will research what the best solution is to their research problem and whether their plan is feasible. After that they will test their results in practice and write a rapport of recommendation to the faculty.

Students can be directed to the StAP team if they have an idea for improving the learning experience that suits one of the eight ambitions of the vision on teaching and learning. Students are responsible for their own project, so we expect students to spend around eight hours per week on the project. Students can send an email to visionteachingandlearning@bb.leidenuniv.nl you can also direct them to the website www.universiteitleiden.nl/studentsaspartners.

As a stakeholder of a Students as Partners project, you collaborate with students on a by the students proposed idea. Students normally have one main stakeholder, with who they discuss their research question, timeline and ideas. Other stakeholders mainly give advice on the content of their research. If you are asked to be a stakeholder, the project of the student(s) probably influences your activities or the project is related to your position. Because of this, you will probably get some advantage of the project yourself.

How much time you spend as a stakeholder is up to you (in agreement with the students). The time spend can vary from a onetime meeting to weekly updates and multiple meetings. The students however are responsible for designing and conduction the research themselves, they spend the most time on the project.

No, Students as Partners is a bottom up project in which students submit and execute their own idea. However staff members can send their idea in an email to visionteachingandlearning@bb.leidenuniv.nl. If students apply with a matching idea we can possibly partner you up.

The pilot phase of Students as Partners consists of four teams. The smallest team consists of two students and the biggest of four, in total twelve students participate in the pilot phase. In the next round the project will be scaled up. We aim to have seven StAP teams in the project. With even distribution, that will be one project per faculty. Estimated based on seven teams, twenty-one students will participate in the next round. 

The aim of the project is to improve the learning experience and directly involving students in improving this. Students will be asked to apply for the project with their own idea. In the project they will be asked to research the options and feasibility of their teaching innovation project.

Students will be given the unique opportunity to influence their own teaching and learning. They will also hone their skills in areas such as giving presentations and writing reports in real-life situations. They will also learn to design their own research by using Action Research and will be given the opportunity to publish their work in an international journal.

In the pilot phase the project team of StAP decided on the projects, on which it was advised by the program team. This made a quick start of the pilot phase possible. In the coming phase, the faculties will be involved in the selection procedure.

Students submit a recommendation report for changes to or innovation in the University's teaching concerning the eight ambitions described in Learning@LeidenUniversity. The proposal should be based on the action-research method, which studies the feasibility and options of proposed research. The faculty in question or the University stakeholder responds to the proposal with solid feedback and explains how it intends to proceed further. This can be an action plan but can also be justification of why no action will be taken, a proposal for further research, a decision to take action in future, etc.

Further results at a more individual level could include: publishing the research in a journal or giving a presentation at a conference.

No, students have to develop a project proposal project together with the stakeholders. If this concerns changing or updating a course, this is the responsibility of the lecturer. Depending on the project, this could also be the responsibility of Student and Education Affairs, the General Services Department, the ICT Shared Service Centre or another unit.

No, the proposed intervention only applies to the learning experience: for instance, teaching methods, extracurricular initiatives, technology in teaching, learning spaces and so on.

Yes, the (current) pilot phase of the project is used to gather insights which we can use to improve the project as a whole. Also in the September round we will keep evaluating and adjusting the process were necessary.

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