Creativity and Collaboration: An Exploration of Empathy, Inclusion, and Resilience in Co-Creation of the Curriculum


  • Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka University of Edinburgh


This research article uses an inductive approach to analyse the nuanced nature of creativity within co-creation of the curriculum in higher education. Co-creation of the curriculum is one form of engagement in learning and teaching in which students and staff work in partnership so that each has a voice and a stake in curriculum development. Using qualitative research methods, this research focuses on the creative practices of co-creation of the curriculum and draws new connections between student engagement, creativity, and authenticity in learning and teaching. Themes that are explored include: (A) innovation through dialogue and collaboration within the community, (B) play and creatively trying new things despite risks, (C) enjoyment of creative learning and teaching, (D) shared ownership leading to intrinsic motivation and creativity, and (E) creatively challenging the status quo. The author suggests that it is the inclusive processes and products of creativity within co-creation of the curriculum that helps students and staff to develop essential skills and attributes – such as confidence, empathy, and resilience – that help them engage in authentic learning and teaching experiences and learn to cope with supercomplexity in today’s ever-changing world.


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Author Biography

Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka, University of Edinburgh

Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh who is conducting higher education research on student engagement and co-creation of the curriculum. Her research focuses on student empowerment through partnerships with staff in curriculum development projects. She analyses the impact of these partnerships on students, staff members and their communities.


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How to Cite

Lubicz-Nawrocka, T. (2019). Creativity and Collaboration: An Exploration of Empathy, Inclusion, and Resilience in Co-Creation of the Curriculum. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 2(3), 199–213. Retrieved from