A tripartite framework for extending university-student co-creation to include workplace partners in the work-integrated learning context

Jennifer Ruskin*, Rebecca Bilous

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While at university, students increasingly have opportunities to play roles as consultants, student representatives, co-researchers or curriculum co-designers, and co-creation between university staff and students has received considerable attention in recent literature. While there is some evidence of co-creation with industry and community partners, workplace partners are not conceptualised as stakeholders in the co-creation process. This gap is particularly challenging in the work-integrated learning (WIL) context where students engage in authentic professional experiences, such as placements or projects, as part of their learning. We draw on reflections and the processes for producing resources in two co-creation activities to explore the phenomenon of co-creation between workplace partners and both university staff and students. Based on the analysis, we propose an extended tripartite co-creation framework. The framework outlines workplace partner, student and university staff contributions as planners, contributors, creators and reviewers, acknowledging the value of contributions consistent with each participant’s expertise, perspectives and time availability. Further, the proposed framework simultaneously reflects the ability for participants to engage in co-creation equitably, while acknowledging the university staff role in curating learning resources. In this way, the model acknowledges the potential for redistributing power through co-creation, while recognising university responsibility for learning outcomes and assurance of learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-820
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education Research & Development
Volume39
Issue number4
Early online date28 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • curriculum co-creation
  • pedagogical partnership
  • students as partners
  • work-integrated learning
  • WIL partners

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