What is the 21C project and why does it matter to students?
The 21C project came about because the University recognised that students need more than disciplinary-based knowledge, skills and training; they also need a hybrid set of capacities to help them flourish in a world and future working environment that is uncertain and constantly changing. These hybrid capacities are not just the basis for students’ creating their own successful futures; they are the foundation for enabling them to transform the world into a just, ethical and more live-able place.
The University doesn’t want students to graduate with only one destination in mind; it wants students to be able to adapt the skills and knowledge they have acquired for multiple purposes and destinations.
How will the student experience be different as a result of the 21C project?
The 21C project is creating new educational experiences for students that give them opportunities to develop these hybrid skills and capabilities. Depending on the degree you’re enrolled in, you are likely to have access to;
more elective space to pursue your interests outside your main disciplinary area;
new Curiosity Pods you can enrol in just because they look interesting; because you’d like a digital badge; and you can count them as two credit points towards in a designated unit. These Curiosity Pods have been co-created with external partners. For example, the Sustainability Bootcamp Curiosity Pod is a partnership with the Regional Centres for Expertise on Education for Sustainability (RCE), a network acknowledged by the United Nations University, and the Feb 2020 City Challenge ‘How can Western Sydney embrace renewable and resilient energy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050? is a partnership’ with Common Purpose (opens in a new window).
a suite of new elective units developed specifically as part of 21C which are available to any student, in any degree with elective space:
Over the next three years, more and more of these Curiosity Pods, Units and Sub-Majors will be developed for students, and co-created with students, to ensure they are relevant, attractive and engaging.
How are students participating in the 21C project?
In 2017, the 21C project employed 8 student curriculum partners, which was extended to 11 in 2018, and to 14 in 2019. Some of our student cohort have now graduated so of the original cohort, we currently have 10 student partners. In February 2020, the 21C project will add another 16 students as partners working to co-create learning experiences as part of the Curriculum Challenges (opens in a new window). These 26 students will also work together in the Student Partnership X-Change Hub.
Student Partnership X-Change Hub
A portion of these students’ time each fortnight is devoted to Hub activities to establish and foster a strong student partnership cohort. These activities are likely to involve: