U21 is delighted to share the outputs of the Global Education Enhancement Fund Projects which will support members in delivering and enhancing higher education for a rapidly changing and uncertain future.
Learning Together in a Global Pandemic
Learning together in a global pandemic: practices and principles for teaching and assessing online in uncertain times
The University of Queensland, Lund University, The University of Edinburgh
We are delighted to announce that the final report from an international research project funded by Universitas 21 (U21) is now available. It synthesises academic colleagues’ experiences of the pivot to ‘emergency remote teaching’ in March-April 2020 due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Global Classroom and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Pilot Project
UC Davis, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Shanghai Jiao Tong University
This project used the Global Classrooms model to run four course collaborations, involving eight faculties and over 250 students. The team have developed a toolkit to help others implement collaborative learning opportunities themselves. The toolkit is relevant for developing and teaching any joint course and covers strategic guidance such as gaining gathering support from senior management to practical advice such as which platforms to use and how to resolve time zone challenges.
Developing Effective Resources for Online Teaching and Assessment of Mathematics
University of Edinburgh, University of Auckland
HELM (Helping Engineers Learn Mathematics) is a collection of 50 workbooks that covers the curriculum of first- and second-year mathematics courses for engineering undergraduates. They were designed as flexible learning resources and have been used by an estimate of 12,000 students in 55 UK higher and further education sites to date (Nov 2021).
Climate in the Cloud
University of New South Wales and University of Melbourne
Climate in the Cloud is a suite of innovative online educational resources for University-level courses in atmosphere, ocean, and climate science. The project uses state-of-the-art climate and weather model output with web-enabled labs built with Google Colaboratory, a cloud-based python notebook server, and Dedalus, an open-source fluid dynamics solver that allows students to enter equations in human-readable format.