06 February 2023 | Learning & Teaching Forum paper

Students as Partners in Teaching & Learning: Extending findings from the evaluation of a Student Intern Scheme across 8 Irish Universities

Fernandos Ongolly, Sharon Flynn, Míde Nic Fhionnlaoich

From 2019, the Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning (EDTL) project hired more than 25 student associate interns to work with project staff in each of the seven IUA universities (Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Galway, and University of Limerick) in creating digital resources to support teaching and learning. Interns had to be actively enrolled as students in one of the partner universities at the time of their internship.


Using a qualitative approach, we conducted qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with student interns and project staff to understand student-staff partnership in teaching and learning based on their experiences in the project. The findings of this paper describe the EDTL internship model, students’ contribution in the project, student-staff collaborations, barriers to working with students as partners, as well as recommendations for best practices in involving students as partners.

ISSN: 2593-9602

This paper was presented at the 2023 European Learning & Teaching Forum and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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