Peter Bryant, Head of Learning Technology & Innovation at the London School of Economics, introduces his Overall-Award-Winning project, Students as Producers @ LSE
The London School of Economics and Political Science were honored to be awarded the Overall Gold Award at this year’s Reimagine Education Awards for our innovative Students as Producers initiative. One of the greatest challenges for a modern institution is managing change that in the main has already happened in other sectors. This challenge is made more complex by the need to invest in that change at a pace that keeps up with the capacity for innovation of our students and overcoming the resistance to change that the pressures of time, funding and tenure often create. Students as Producers at the LSE is aligned to our learning experiences curricular enhancement objectives, which seeks to transform the student experience from primarily didactic to one that prepares the learner for the challenges of work and practice and engages them in their own learning, through making. The core aim of the initiative is to engage students in co-creating knowledge and learning through making, participating and researching and telling. With projects ranging from pedagogical research, to documentary filmmaking to digital storytelling, Students as Producers took a ground-up approach to redesigning the student experience (and continues to do so!)
We found engaging with the Reimagine Education awards to be a reflective and rewarding experience as it afforded us the opportunity to think critically about our work, evaluate the impact of engaging students in their won learning and examine the importance of making, sharing, critiquing and understanding within and through a Social Sciences education. The recognition and enthusiasm of our peers for the work of the School and for our innovative approaches to education was equally rewarding. In the frenetic and fast-paced modern education environment, the opportunities to think about how we construct and shape our education, how we integrate technology in nuanced and agile ways and how we seek to transform education for the future are rare. Students as Producers was designed to help build a community of informed, critical and engaged teachers and students at the School. What the awards have done is extend that community outwards; into other institutions, into vendors, into start-ups and into the global education community. We welcome the input of our new community and look forward to sharing our experiences and insights as a result of the Reimagine Education Awards.
We are continuing this project into next year in order to further transform the student experience, diversify assessment and encourage students to participate actively in their LSE education. If you would like to find out more about the projects or the initiative and stay in touch with how we progress, please check out the Learning technology and Innovation website at http://lti.lse.ac.uk