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HERDSA Webinar Series 2022: Developing Student Agency through Student-as-Partners Projects

Updated: Apr 13, 2022


University educators have a deep concern about the aims of university education and the process to achieve these aims. Research studies have indicated that developing student agency (such as the ability to set goals, to make decisions and act on their decisions during learning) should be an important aim for higher education. A student-as partners environment should have a high potential for cultivating student agency.

HERDSA Hong Kong Branch has implemented a Redesigning Student Learning Experience in Higher Education (RSLEIHE) Scheme in 2017, 2019 and 2021 to invite students to collaborate with staff to conduct projects to inform us their views and ideas for redesigning student learning experience in HE to create meaningful learning relevant to their future needs. The evidence in student project presentations and reports shows that, despite the existing constraints in the system such as power relations, these students-as-partners projects have created opportunities for the teams to develop student agency.

To investigate this trend and to understand to which extent Hong Kong university students develop student agency through group projects and the related factors, data were collected from over 230 university students by a survey adopted from the Agency of University Students (AUS) developed by Jääskelä et al. (2017). Students were invited to rank the importance of the factors to show their perspectives for student agency development.

Research results will be shared in this webinar to stimulate discussion on developing student agency.


Jääskelä, P., Poikkeus, A., Vasalampi, K., Valleala, U.M., & Rasku-Puttonen, H. (2017). Assessing agency of university students: Validation of the AUS scale, Studies in Higher Education, 42(11), 2061-2079, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1130693


5 May 2022, Thursday


1:00-2:00pm AEST (UTC+10) OR 11:00am-12:00nn HKT (UTC+8)

Speakers HERDSA Hong Kong Branch Research Team

Dr Crusher WONG (Facilitator), City University of Hong Kong

Dr Anna KWAN, HERDSA Hong Kong Branch

Dr Peter LAU, The University of Hong Kong

Dr Theresa KWONG, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Kevin CHAN, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof Paul LAM , The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Beatrice CHU, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr King CHONG, Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Tarloff IM, City University of Hong Kong


Online via Zoom (This event will be held using Zoom video conferencing software. The Zoom login link and passcode will be provided to successful registrants.)


Hosted by HERDSA Hong Kong Branch in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Community of Practice (T&L CoP), The Chinese University of Hong Kong







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