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Capturing student voice: peer-to-peer forum for student engagement on transnational programmes.

Dravid, R.Bates, J. and Sinclair, J. M. (2015) Capturing student voice: developing a peer-to-peer forum for student engagement on transnational programmes. Paper presented to: 5th Quacquarelli Symonds Middle East and North Africa Professional Leaders in Education (QS-MAPLE) Conference and Exhibition, Doha, Qatar, 05-07 May 2015

Abstract

Hearing and responding to the student voice is a crucial element of modern quality assurance and enhancement in higher education. While on-campus students use formal and informal tutor interactions to give and receive feedback, engaging students studying offsite on transnational partnerships with formal feedback mechanisms is challenging due to distance and cultural differences.
The case study is about facilitating a peer-to-peer support mechanism for enhancing engagement amongst on-campus students and those based on transnational partner programme in Nepal to encourage students on partnership programme to articulate their voices and offer constructive feedback. It is envisaged that creating the peer-supported forum that is student-led and facilitated will help students to develop confidence in expressing opinions about their studies and assume the role of partners and co-inquirers in the learning process. Such learning partnerships are imperative for students to engage effectively, independently and critically in contemporary society
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