It’s important that we reduce costs and prioritise available resources to support the University through the current COVID-19 situation, so we’ve significantly scaled-back and refocussed the work of the 21C Project for the remainder of 2020.
The 21C Curriculum Challenges and the work of the 8 Curriculum Champions is currently on pause. The Champions have been returned to Schools to support the online teaching and learning effort in Autumn and Spring. We will continue with a small element of curriculum development to deliver some COVID-19 relevant university-wide curriculum resources (curiosity pods and electives) to support School’s delivery next session.
Academic Capability development work is more important now than ever, so we have reoriented that aspect of 21C to sustain the extensive curriculum development work of staff in Schools to deliver high quality online learning. The 21C Collegial Peer Review and learning analytics work have been refocussed, and the Western Education Fellowship Scheme (WEFS) will continue in Autumn as one avenue for recognition of our staff members contributions to teaching. We have also continued the work of our student curriculum partners in this aspect of 21C, so they have some much-needed employment.
These arrangements will be reviewed in three months and then regularly after that, to ensure we are supporting the University and Schools as best we can in the transition back to a new ‘normal’ for curriculum and teaching next year.
Thank you for your support and outstanding contributions to teaching at the University over this difficult time.
Professor Simon Barrie DVC Academic
The 21C Project builds on the University community’s work over the last two years to respond to the transformative opportunities and challenges of societal and workforce disruption. The Project reflects our responsibilities as an anchor institution for the communities of Western Sydney and our recognised national and international leadership in relation to championing just and responsible social change through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (opens in a new window). The 21C Project leverages the work which teams across the University have already done to prototype the strategies intended to develop the transdisciplinary ‘hybrid’ capabilities our students will need to create a successful future for themselves and their communities.
Kicking off in mid-2019 with renewed commitment from the Board of Trustees for the next three years, the current stage of the 21C Project extends our transdisciplinary curriculum builds for scale, and initiates new work to support 21C academics and to grow a new 21C institutional teaching culture that rewards, recognises and sustains curriculum and teaching innovation.