Last week marked the end of our perfect plate project; running from the first semester of second year running right through to after the end of our third year! When I started the module, I never would have expect it to go this far. At the time it was a co-design project to make a game for school children – which ended up turning into voulenterring at a local primary school’s heath week, to writing a paper, to ending up on stage presenting our paper at the International Conference on Enhancement Themes in Higher Education at the Crowne Plaza! By analysing our experience and everything we had learnt over the course of the project, we demonstrated in our presentation how co-creation can be relevant to any discipline.
The paper was entitled Shake up your wake up and go get ’em which was presented under the empowering students category – you can read the full paper by following the link. Taking our work from an audience of young children to our peers, project stakeholders and finally to an academic audience was a brilliant experience. It gave us great practice in tailoring our approach to suit each group and ensuring the information we were passing on to each of them was valuable and relevant. Through a simple presentation, we conveyed three main points based on our title, ‘Shake up! Wake up! Go get em!’ Using this as a progression through our experiences, the theory behind our ideas and the key points we felt academics could take on board and use within their own discipline.
Visiting the conference itself was also a very insightful experience; viewing higher education from the side of the educators rather than the students. It makes you really appreciate how much work goes into providing us with our education and highlighted to us the importance of transferable skills, collaborative and multi-disciplinary learning which we have been taught through our time at university Of course, the delicious food and trip to the city chambers was also an added bonus!