Good examples of Active Student Participation
To provide inspiration for starting new or develop existing initiatives, we have collected various examples from Uppsala University.
FILM: students leading courses
FILM: student highlighting missing perspectives
FILM: Students facilitating problem-based learning
Student-led study groups
Overview of Good Examples
Below you can find examples based on different areas within which to work with active student participation.
- Active student participation within a course
- Active student participation within a program
- Active student participation across disciplines
- Active student participation in planning and evaluation
- Active student participation outside the classroom
Active student participation within a course
Examples of how students can support learning for their fellow students in the same course. Click on the links to read more about each example.
- Peer-assessment: Students give feedback to their fellow students based on prepared criteria.
- Teacher for a day: Students who are 'teachers for a day' may give lectures, lead discussions or seminars, run experiments, etc. Read Peer teaching
- "Learning Lab": Students in small groups prepare a session for their peers.
- "The Missing Perspective": Students are given a space in the course schedule, which they fill with a theme, a method, a guest lecturer, or a discussion that deals with something they feel has been missing.
- "Study zombies": Students are tasked to engage their fellow students around a theme that peaks their interest for the course. Read contribution 23 in the Student Competition booklet.
- Scalable Learning: An online platform to flip classes by putting interactive lectures online.
- Student-led seminars and the 30-day challenge: Students get the opportunity to lead their peers in seminars as well as do a project, The 30-Day Challenge.
Active Student Participation within a program
- Mentoring: Student-led study sessions, where more experienced students lead study sessions for other students. Read examples from Peace and Conflict studies as well as Modern Languages.
- Supplemental Instruction: A question-based approach to learning, where student leaders facilitate group discussions for other students.
- Active student participation in the medicine program: Different ways to engage medicine students more in their education.
Active Student Participation across disciplines
Students from various disciplines work together for increased learning.
- CEMUS: The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) works interdisciplinary, student-led courses in sustainable development.
- Model United Nations: Students organise an annual simulation of the United Nations work.
- Experts in teams: A course offered at several Scandinavian universities (founded at NTNU in Norway) where students develop their interdisciplinary teamwork skills. Offered for the first time at UU autumn in 2016.
Active student participation in planning and evaluation
- Student Union's Literature Review: Students review the literature on the various institutions. See their presentation at the ASP Days, or read more on the union's website.
- Evaluation of the HR program: Students by interviewing other students evaluate an entire program
- CEMUS: The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) hires students who, in collaboration with teachers, plan, implement, and evaluate university courses in sustainable development.
- Physics for Chemists: A course that was recreated with student and staff collaboration.
- Collaboration in the physical therapy program: Students in collaboration with faculty plan to create a better forum for dialogue on proposed changes in course structure and content.
- Course development in the information and media program: Students that have completed the course collaborate with teachers to develop next year's course.
Active student participation outside the classroom
- Ekolibria: An organisation started by master students in sustainable development. They work with secondary school students around issues of sustainable development. See their presentation from the ASP Days 2015.
- The Reflective Engineer: An association started by students, which organises seminars on issues that engineering students lack in their regular courses, namely, ethics and sustainable development.
Download examples and add your own
We have collected many examples together in a pdf that you can download. These examples are written by the students and teachers who are themselves working with the examples.
Do you have another example that can contribute to this example bank? Get in touch with us and please fill out the template for good examples.
More examples and inspiration from the literature and research can be found in our collection of references.
Student suggestions for improving education
As a part of the ASP Days 2015 we issued a student competition that asked students how they might improve their education. The purpose was to gather and spread good ideas from students on how education can be developed to make it more meaningful. Read the students suggestions on how to increase engagement among fellow students, including ideas about how students can help incorporate missing perspectives and make the education more interactive. You can read all submissions here (mostly in Swedish).
Outside Uppsala University there are many who work with different forms of active student participation. We have collected some examples from two books on active student participation. Click on the links below to read more:
- Learning together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education by Nancy Falchikov
- Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching by Alison Cook-Sather, Catherine Bovill, and Peter Felten.
In October 2015, Alison Cook-Sather visited Uppsala University and talked about her work with "students as partners" at her home institute of Bryn Mawr College in the USA (FILM 3min41sec).
Alison Cook-Sather runs a program where students partner with teachers to develop the education.
- The program "pairs undergraduate students with faculty members who wish to analyse and, perhaps, revise their pedagogical approaches over the course of a semester"
- "The focus of their partnerships is teaching rather than content; the student consultants explore with faculty members classroom dynamics, pedagogical approaches, and the learning experiences of students enrolled in the course”
From Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (2014), by Alison Cook-Sather, Catherine Bovill and Peter Felten.