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COVID-19: Higher Education challenges and responses

The International Association of Universities continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation globally.

The Second Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education recently came to a close. Several universities and other higher education institutions participated in this initiative to help drive positive change in the field. We are now in the process of analysing and evaluating the responses and look forward to sharing the Survey findings later this year.

Below are resources pages compiled by IAU, offering information about latest developments regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on universities, recommendations and initiatives, opportunities to engage or exchange, and a selection of recent country-based and international news items on the subject.

IAU has published two reports on the impact of COVID-19:

IAU also published a joint paper in collaboration with the Erasmus Student Network on COVID-19 Impact on Higher Education: Institutional and Students Perspectives.

HEIs and organisations from around the world engaged in developing responses to COVID-19 are invited to share these through this channel as well.
Contact: [email protected] and [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter @IAU_IAU and tweet about your institution/organization’s initiatives to fight COVID-19 using: #IAUcovid19

RECOMMENDATIONS

On this page, please find some of the recommendations for higher education institutions to carry on with teaching and learning activities during this socio-economic, cultural and health crisis and also on how to address the future.


MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS


UNESCO

MONITORING IMPACT



In this tab you will find information on how organizations monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the higher education community. A selection of survey reports on the impact of COVID-19 is also presented.


MONITORING BY MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS


UNESCO

DISTANCE EDUCATION SUPPORT



The IAU survey report on the impact of Covid-19 on higher education showed that one of the key challenges encountered by higher education institutions was the sudden shift to distance learning. This challenge comes with different dimensions, most particularly the technical infrastructure, the support tools to use for distance learning, assimilating online teaching pedagogies and finally how to organize and manage exams and student assessments from distance. IAU has made a selection of useful resources in order to respond to these challenges.


TOOLS, PLATFORMS AND SOFTWARE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING


UNESCO

GLOBAL NEWS



This tab contains a selection of recent news on actions taken around the globe to respond to the current health crisis.


REGIONAL AND NATIONAL INITIATIVES


Select region of interest: Africa - Arab States - Asia and the Pacific - Europe - Latin America - North America

- Worldwide


A time for innovation in international HE post COVID-19 (February, 2021).

Mental scars caused by on-campus teaching in pandemic may not heal (February, 2021).

- Africa

International students stranded online (February, 2021).


- Arab States


- Asia and the Pacific

Asian Development Bank published the note COVID-19 and Education in Asia and the Pacific. It provides guidance to help developing countries address the disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic but also identifies critical policy reforms and concrete actions - framed as the three Rs - Response, Recovery, and Rejuvenation (January, 2021).


- Europe

Universities look to EU’s €800B COVID-19 recovery fund to upgrade campuses

- Latin America

- North America

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CALLS AND WEBINARS



This tab contains information on calls for application and webinars to support and learn how universities are addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic.


Select information of interest: UPCOMING WEBINARS - OPEN CALLS - RECORDINGS FROM PAST WEBINARS

The International Association of Universities, in collaboration with several partners and Members, is pleased to offer a series of free webinars on the Future of Higher Education.


UPCOMING WEBINARS


Free weekly seminars on how to teach and learn online, best practices and the dos and don’ts organized by Contact North | Contact Nord Webinars . Upcoming webinars can be found here.



OPEN CALLS


International Association of Universities launches the Second IAU Global Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education (available in English, French and Spanish). Through this Survey, IAU endeavours to raise concerns of universities and higher education institutions in the current context by providing evidence-based data to underline the seriousness of the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and society. To access the survey, please follow the link .

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) has launched the OER4Covid initiative which comprises a diverse group of almost 900 participants from 69 different countries. They are requesting help from educators to identify and prioritise local needs for open educational resources. To access the survey, please follow the link.

Institute of Applied Linguistics (University of Warsaw) invites to take part in a research investigating how language and linguistics teachers/instructors and students/learners have been coping with the transition to remote instruction. The survey is anonymous and will solely serve scientific purposes. It should take no more than 25-38 minutes to complete; around 85% of the questions are of the quick multiple-choice type.

There are different versions of the questionnaire:

for Language Teachers
for Linguistics Instructors and TAs
for Language Learners
for Linguistics Students
for Educators in subjects other than language

QS Quacquarelli Symonds invites to take part in a new survey for university staff as part of its commitment to providing the higher education sector with data-driven insights. To access the survey please follow this link.


RECORDINGS FROM PAST WEBINARS


Recordings and presentations from IAU’s webinars are available here.
May 3, 2021 Economic and Social Council: Partnership Forum, 2021 session

Theme: Partnership as a game changer for a sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

Offered by UN Economic and Social Council: Partnership Forum
See video

February 22, 2021: Access and Equity: what have we learnt from the pandemic and what should we be doing about it?

Offered by Magna Charta Observatory

January 18, 2021: Adapting to the New Reality – The Public Purpose of Universities in a Post-Covid19 World

Offered by Open Society University Network – Talloires Network Educational Partnership

December 7, 2020: The what, the how and the why of the pandemic

Offered by International Sciences Council

September 25, 2020: What happened during the Corona crisis?

Offered by Nordic Webinar Series

SEE THE PRESENTATION !

September 18, 2020: What are we learning from Covid 19?

Offered by Magna Charta Observatory

August 18 and 19, 2020: Impact of COVID-19 on Education

Offered by the RUDECOLOMBIA Doctorate in Educational Sciences of the University of Cartagena, Colombia.

WATCH THE RECORDING !

August 18, 2020: Strategies and actions for returning to academic activities (Estrategias y acciones para el regreso a las actividades académicas)

Offered by UDUAL.

August 11, 2020: Choosing a Technology that Makes a Difference to Learning - Getting Past the Hype

Offered by Contact North/Contact Nord

WATCH THE RECORDING !

July 20, 2020: Building Anti-Surveillance Ed-Tech! In Conversation with Audrey Watters

Offered by Contact North/Contact Nord.

WATCH THE RECORDING !

July 14, 2020: Help your Students Succeed in Their Online Courses

WATCH THE RECORDING !


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