Co-create UVA is a 2016 Jefferson Trust grant that began as a collaboration between the Center for Teaching Excellence and ReinventED Lab, a student-driven CIO for creative problem-solving in education. Students at UVA take pride in their value of student self-governance and this program helps to provide dialogue between students and professors to enhance teaching and learning on grounds.
With a movement toward fostering more student-faculty partnerships, the group hopes to mirror Mr. Jefferson’s original vision for the Academical Village, with regard to creating more interactions between students and their teachers. At one event this past fall, Co-Create members shared lunch and ideas with new faculty during faculty orientation. Program director Jacob Hardin, a second year History major, noted that there are several events lined up for the spring semester to raise awareness about collaboration at the University, along with ongoing, undergraduate student consultations. Co-Create hopes to document a significant number of exemplars in student-faculty partnerships in 2017. He stated, “We want to see student-faculty partnership become a part of every UVA student’s core values during their time at the University.”