StudentsWhile all three roles are important, the role of the learner is most fundamental to the learning partnership. No learning can take place without active engagement by the learner in the learning process-to being open to, and learning from, the multitude of learning opportunities available at the University, both inside and outside of courses, and both on and off campus. To optimize their learning experiences, students need to make the following commitments and fulfill the corresponding responsibilities. These commitments can be summarized as Learn Actively, Think Broadly, Act Ethically, and Engage Respectfully.
Student Commitment 1: Learn Actively.
Actively engage in the learning process.
Honouring this commitment requires that students be willing to learn independently, experientially, and collaboratively with other students, as appropriate to their learning objectives; to engage in self-evaluation and reflection; and to take personal responsibility for their learning. Students should seek out and take advantage of learning opportunities beyond those found in their formal courses. Within the course context, students will maximize their learning if they prepare for their courses, engage in course activities, submit assigned work as scheduled, accept constructive feedback on their learning, and provide constructive feedback on their learning experience.
Student Commitment 2: Think Broadly.
Thoughtfully consider, on the basis of evidence, a diversity of theories, ideas, beliefs, and approaches to problems and solutions.
Honouring this commitment requires that students consider viewpoints other than their own, actively try to understand the range of ideas and beliefs pertinent to any given issue, and consider the relevant evidence for various theories and beliefs. It requires the courage to challenge accepted wisdom, and the willingness to critically appraise possible approaches and methods for solving problems and resolving issues.
Student Commitment 3: Act Ethically.
Undertake all university work in accordance with principles of academic integrity.
Honouring this commitment requires that students understand key principles of academic integrity, and adhere to the standards set out by the University of Saskatchewan covering academic misconduct7. Students need to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty8, and be sure that any academic work they undertake or submit does not violate principles of academic integrity, and that any research undertaken is congruent with ethical principles, as these principles apply to their subject area, discipline or profession.
Student Commitment 4: Engage Respectfully.
Engage in a respectful way with members of the university community and its partners.
Honouring this commitment requires that, as they engage in learning activities, students conduct themselves in a respectful way with other members of the university community, including other students, instructors, and staff. Behaviour that may constitute harassment, bullying, or discrimination must be strictly avoided. Students need to comply with university expectations for student conduct.9 None of this, however, is to be construed as restricting the freedom of students to raise controversial issues or views within the context of open and healthy dialogue.