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Case studies in student-staff partnerships for developing institutional digital literacies

Institutional Student ePioneer Partnerships (InStePP) was a JISC-funded project supported by the Developing Digital Literacies programme. The project aimed to establish, support and build recognition for the role of student ‘ePioneers’ within existing core academic and e-learning development activities at Oxford Brookes University. By enabling the creation and integration of active partnerships with students in a variety of roles, the InStePP project aimed to help students to develop and enhance their personal and leadership attributes for employability and also to be agents of change in helping Brookes meet its strategic commitments to developing both digital literacies and student engagement in the life of the university.

In this web site you will find case studies of staff-student partnerships that develop digital literacies at an institutional level. The case studies combine text and video narratives. They are organised in several different ways. An overview of the more general project is available on the JISC infoNet site here.

The ePioneer role is different from other student-staff partnerships at Brookes (and many other UK universities as well) in that it is entirely voluntary, i.e. there is no payment for any of the work that the ePioneers do. However, there are  important incentives that some students find very attractive. For all the ePioneers, there is a highly valued training programme. They complete a Future Consultants training package that is endorsed by the Institute for Leadership and Management and those who wish to can submit a portfolio of evidence about their work as ePioneers to gain ILM Future Consultants accreditation. Additionally, various support units in the University provide training in things such as understanding Data Protection and Intellectual Property Rights, Visual Display Unit safety training, Moodle and Google apps training, and bespoke technical support and training as required.

You can read the final InStePP Evaluation Report (Benfield & Pavalakou 2013) here.

Benfield, G. and Pavlakou, M. (2013). 'InStePP Final Evaluation Report'. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development. [Online], from

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