One deliverable in our #CoCreatingGFI project (which has a new website! Check it out here!) are a set of postcards to share our experiences with co-creation with other teachers and students — to invite discussions and inspire them to adapt the ideas for their own purposes. And we have designed the first five now! Click on images below for pdf downloads (The backsides contain space for all the usual postcard stuff [i.e. address and a message], plus a short explanatory text, and link & QR code to the website).
The choice of methods is partly driven by what we could easily find ways to illustrate, and partly by what we really like. So we start out with my favorite “start, stop, continue” method with a twist: We don’t only ask students what we as teachers should “continue, start, stop” to improve their learning, but also what they themselves could “continue, start, stop” for the same purpose. I think this is such a great way to get constructive thoughts and conversations going!
The next postcard is about another question I like to add to the “continue, start, stop” questions above, and that is about “what did you want to say, but did not get the chance?“. The purpose here is to include voices of those students who might not be quick to speak up, or might not have wanted to interrupt a conversation, or for what ever reason self-censored. If what they wanted to say is still relevant to them even after the conversation has moved on, it is usually very worthwhile for us to hear about!
Then we have the “co-created dictionary”: Students collect (or teacher suggests) relevant terms that the students then write explanations for. The teacher can approve or correct, and over time this builds a great collection!
This postcard is about the “co-creation ladder” visualizing the spectrum from active learning towards student-staff partnership.
And lastly, we have our “fieldwork bingo”! Which we actually tested on the recent student cruise, but I still have to write up a blogpost about the experience. But in a nutshell: Works well to get students engaged in a multitude of different activities of their choice!