Partnership Pedagogy is the co-creation of curriculum by our staff with our students and our external partners. It is a signature concept in the shaping of curriculum transformation at Western, enabling the University and its students to remain critically engaged with emerging social challenges and complex future work environments. Western’s pedagogy involves any (or all) of these overlapping aspects of curriculum co-creation done via a genuine partnership between staff and students and external partners:
Co-designing curriculum – where to the overall conception of the curriculum is thought through and consolidated between all partners. The course goals, purpose or curriculum elements are formulated via ongoing dialogue between partners. This includes but is not limited to selecting pedagogy, considering outcomes, devising content, conceptualising learning activities or assessment strategies.
Co-developing curriculum resources – collaboration between all partners in the production of any of a range of tasks, resources or artefacts to be used in the teaching and learning activities specified by the curriculum. This includes but is not limited to developing classroom activities, audio, video resources, apps or computer simulations, text or image-based resources. It may include re-purposing professional materials so as to provide students with access to contemporary tools and authentic resources during their studies.
Co-delivering curriculum – delivering curriculum as a collaboration with all partners either on or off campus. This includes but is not limited to workplace placements, guest lectures, mentoring students, participating in simulations, acting as clients for student consulting teams, participating in student conferences, or collaborating in cooperative research projects.
Co-credentialing and co-assessing curriculum – a collaboration between all partners to design assessment tasks and standards both on and off campus. This includes but is not limited to setting questions, determining criteria, marking or supervising assessment activities. The co-credentialing aspect may also embed certification or accredited activities within the curriculum to enable students to attain external certification within a unit or course.
The 21C project is working towards the implementation of Partnership Pedagogy through
a set of Professional Learning modules – one focused on Partnership Pedagogy and the other, co-created by the 21C Student Curriculum Partners #partnerUp: co-creating curriculum with students [available soon]
a suite of resources to showcase how Partnership Pedagogy is expressed in existing Western curricula; and
participation in relevant University committees dedicated to Partnership.