1. Funding
  2. Eligibility
  3. Protocol and Procedures
  4. Selection Criteria
  5. Sharing Your Work
  6. Apply
  7. Testimonials
  8. FAQs
  9. Literature Samples

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in the Ottawa region and around the world, Carleton University continues to follow the safe meetings and social distancing guidelines. For this reason, the Students as Partners Program will be operating remotely until further notice. For more information, visit Carleton’s COVID-19 website.

Fully funded by Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), the Students as Partners Program (SaPP) offers faculty, instructors, contract instructors, educational and instructional developers, and librarians the opportunity to provide a paid work experience to undergraduate students interested in teaching innovation.

Partnering with students in the development of the teaching and learning environment is a meaningful opportunity to develop important academic and transferable skills as well as fostering a student-centered learning environment. As such, the partnership program seeks to engage students in different projects and activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Co-designing and contributing to the development of curriculum.
  • Researching, sourcing and organizing course materials, media, and appropriate learning resources.
  • Helping design course materials such as assessments, Brightspace sites, and multimedia tools.
  • Formatting and preparing assessments.
  • Incorporating educational technologies, whether online or face-to-face.
  • Enhancing the use and understanding of assessment criteria.
  • Working on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project

To learn more about engaging students as partners, please refer to the literature samples below.

Note: The projects funded through SaPP are not meant to resemble a Teaching Assistant or simply to alleviate instructors/staff workload. The work must be completed prior to the beginning of the course.


TLS will fund the student partner for up to 130 hours of work equivalent to $15 per hour (up to a maximum of $1950 + 4% vacation pay) via a one-time bursary payment. It is anticipated that the work will be completed within one academic term.


All faculty, instructors, contract instructors, educational and instructional developers, and librarians working on relevant teaching projects are eligible to participate in the Students as Partners Program. The program is restricted to part-time or full-time undergraduate students enrolled and continuing in a Carleton program. Students must remain in good academic standing throughout the duration of the program and must not be completing a co-op work term simultaneously.

Protocol and Procedures

Faculty, instructors and staff members interested in this program are encouraged to identify an undergraduate student partner that they feel that they can collaborate with. This may be students who have successfully completed a course that they have taught, a student they have worked with before, or a student who has expressed interest in collaborating with them.

To facilitate finding a student partner, TLS can provide information for placement in a Brightspace course site. TLS will not vet or select student partners – this is the sole responsibility of the instructors/staff members.

Once the student partner has been selected, the standard of work should be established in partnership between the staff member and the student to outline the responsibilities and scope of the collaboration. They are then both responsible for reviewing the Acknowledgment of Understanding and jointly completing the online application form.

Selection Criteria

Faculty members, instructors, contract instructors, educational and instructional developers, and librarians along with a student partner should jointly complete the online application. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The strength of the partnership between the instructor/student. (Is the student considered as collaborator and partner?)
  • The scope and appropriateness of the project/initiative being proposed.
  • The opportunities for learning by both the instructor/staff and student
  • How the partners intend to communicate their work (via events organized by TLS, blog posts, social media, reports, etc.).

A committee chaired by the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning will review proposals and make selections based on above criteria.

Please note: Due to funding limitations, there is a limit of one student per faculty member and one student per project. In the event that there is a project that requires an additional student partner, please discuss the project with the Discovery Centre Coordinator before applying.

Sharing Your Work

The funded SaPP projects will not be considered completed until they have been shared with the teaching community. There are multiple ways that partners can meet this requirement, including:

  • Sharing at the Students as Partners Showcase
  • Submitting a SoTL output for publication
  • Writing a blog post
  • Sharing on social media

If you have another idea for reporting on the partnership, please contact the Discovery Centre Coordinator for approval.


To apply for the Students as Partners Program, please complete the online application form.


Get a glimpse into the world of hands-on learning from the student and faculty partners from previous years. Check out our SaPP testimonials.


Literature Samples

General Contact and Hours of Operation

Main Office Location: Fourth Floor MacOdrum Library
Hours: Services are available 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, subject to operational scheduling.
Phone: 613-520-2600 X1503
Email: tls@carleton.ca