Workshop – Pedagogy for Co-operative Higher Education

To-date, seventy people have volunteered to participate in our ISRF-funded project. Below is the outline for the first workshop that was sent to those people who said they wanted to attend. We hope to post summary notes from each workshop before the following workshop.

Social Science Centre, Lincoln: Independent Social Research Foundation Project

Workshop – Pedagogy for Cooperative Higher Education

Venue: Croft Street Community Centre

Date: 19th June, 2015, 10am – 4pm

This workshop will attempt to provide a pedagogical framework for cooperative higher education. The framework will seek to develop the practices and principles of Student as Producer (Neary and Winn 2009), which has been one of the foundational pedagogies for the Social Science Centre, Lincoln.  Student as Producer means students working closely with academics, both as forms of academic labour, to produce scientific knowledge and understanding for the benefit of humanity and the natural world. This principle of cooperation and collaboration extends to teaching and learning activities, with students taking on the role of teachers with other students and academics. A core understanding of Student as Producer is that students and teachers have much to learn from each other. The focus for this workshop is not on the institutional forms this arrangement can take, but, rather, the dynamic capacity of a social relationship to produce scientific knowledge at the level of society, rather than the individual and the market. This knowledge at the level of society can be expressed as ‘a new form of social knowing’ (Neary 2012).  The issue of institutional forms will be looked at in subsequent workshops, together with financial and legal arrangements as well as the transnational aspects of a networked cooperative higher education.

We have suggested a structure for the Pedagogy event, together with a number of key issues to be addressed and some reading material. An important principle of the work we are doing together is that it should involve collaboration and cooperation at all stages, so we are very keen for your suggestions as to how the workshop should be organised as well as important matters you feel need to be discussed, together with suggestions for further reading.


Key suggested themes to be addressed at this workshop to include:

  • Content and subject matter: cooperative studies or discipline focussed, or interdisciplinary based on themes, for example, current global and local emergencies
  • Assessment and peer review of academic and student practice
  • The learning environment and ecology – how to make a sustaining intellectual space
  • Technologies for teaching – using web-based technologies in ways that avoid machinic and automated learning
  • Programme for first year of teaching and research, with plans for development through subsequent levels of higher education, now expressed as Masters and Doctoral work.


Some reading have been suggested to inform your thinking about these issues before coming to the workshop:

Neary, M. and Winn, J. (2009) ‘The Student as Producer: Reinventing the Student Experience in Higher Eduction’, in L. Bell, H. Stevenson and M. Neary (eds) The  Future of Higher Education: Policy, Pedagogy and the Student Experience, Continuum, London and New York

Neary, M. (2012) ‘Beyond Teaching in Public: The University as a of Social Knowing’, in M. Neary, H. Stevenson and L. Bell (eds) Towards Teaching in Public: Making the Modern University, Continuum, London and New York


You will be assigned to a syndicate during the workshop. Please work in this syndicate throughout the day. You will be working on one or more of the issues raised above as well as other issues that arise. There will be plenty of opportunity for interacting with participants from other syndicates.

10.00 – 10.15 Coffee

1015 – 10.30 Aims for the day

10.30 – 11.00 Presentation – Student as Producer and questions

11- 1230 Syndicate working on themes – with coffee

12.30 – 13.00 Feedback to full session

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 15.00 Continue with themes in syndicates

1500 Feedback to full session

1545 – 16.00 Wrap up and action planning

Online Focus Group

We are organising an online focus group for those of you who cannot attend the workshop. This will be on 2nd July 19.00 – 21.00 BST. More details to follow.