The third space, student and staff co-creation of gamified informal learning: an emerging model of co-design

Bamford, Jan and Moschini, Elena (2024) The third space, student and staff co-creation of gamified informal learning: an emerging model of co-design. London Review of Education, 22 (1). ISSN 1474-8460 (In Press)

Abstract

This paper draws from the authors’ exploration of an innovative third space approach to engaging students with informal learning through the use of co-design and co-creation, which sits outside traditional subject delivery spaces. The third space project, the Digital Citizenship Programme, centres around the transformative experience and dialogic encounter for participants. The third space in this context was constituted by co-design and co-production involving students, alumni, academics and professional service staff.

The project evaluated third space activity on three levels: firstly, in terms of co-design; secondly, through its development process; and thirdly, in what is achieved by participants’ engagement with it. The aims were to: analyse the mutuality and relational aspects of the innovative pedagogic intervention; the development of transferable skills and agentic development in the third space; and the dialogic experience for participants. The research data was collected over a period of three years, using focus groups, co-creation workshops observations and field notes.

This project builds on the body of research that focuses on partnerships with students that fall under the umbrella of the third space. The paper underlines the importance of co-creation approaches in building the relational and dialogic dynamic in higher education spaces.

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