In addition to producing and disseminating the four toolkits, the CREATES team will write three publications. The publications will reach out specifically to academics, decision-makers in Higher Education, and policy-makers, explaining the relevance and effectiveness of co-creation and student engagement.
1) Academic paper
The CREATES project presents a rare opportunity for practice-based research in higher education, offering a chance to combine the expertise and insights of the partner institutions and our learning from our activities and development work. The academic paper will present these insights in a systematic and rigorous fashion, addressing the following questions:
- how do we facilitate engaged and co-creative learning?
- what challenges have we faced and how did we overcome them? and
- what did we learn about learning in the process?
2) Position paper
Higher education is a conservative sector. The active approach that CREATES advocates faces a great deal of scepticism among many leaders in the field. To remedy this, our position paper addresses decision makers and justifies our pedagogical approach (through short case-studies and best practices) through elaborating on its strengths. The paper will provide an evidence-based, intellectual defence of why this approach should be further spread, and will offer concrete strategies for institutional leaders to implement it.
3) Policy recommendations
This paper will feature policy recommendations exploring various ways in which policymakers can encourage higher education institutions to adopt the educational approach championed and elaborated by CREATES. It will consider such tools as:
- performance agreements,
- national and European competitions for teaching innovation grants,
- teaching excellence frameworks,
- strategic agendas,
- accreditation frameworks,
- direct legislation,
- facilitating national and European communities of teaching professionals,
- fellowships and awards, and
- other policy measures.
It will examine how these measures have been used in European higher education, evaluate their policy logic, assess their effectiveness and determine how appropriate they are for stimulating the educational practices identified by CREATES.