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THE Campus top 10 most-read higher education resources of 2021

The campus was launched at the beginning of 2021 to meet the need for coordinated, high-quality advice addressing key challenges in global higher education. With the guidance and opinions contributed by academics and university staff, based on their experience and research, our aim was to spread knowledge and best practices throughout the sector.

The primary focus has been on online teaching and learning, and how to do it well, in direct response to the sweeping changes imposed by the pandemic. But as the situation has evolved, so has the reach of counseling on campus, which now covers six major areas of practice: teaching and learning; equality, diversity and inclusion; internationalization; sustainable development goals (SDGs); Early career search and research management.

The campus has come a long way in just one year, and we would like to thank the many academics and higher education professionals who have shared their valuable ideas for creating such a resource-rich library.

So, with 2021 coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at our most popular content to get an insight into the most pressing issues across the sector in the past 12 months:

10. Leading the digital transformation of higher education
A spotlight collection filled with advice from 28 academics on how to guide the development and use of digital technologies across higher education to ensure accessible and high-quality education for the future.

9. Wellbeing Teaching Techniques: Activities and Practices to Improve Students’ Online Experience
With many concerned about the mental health effects of distance learning, Elena Riva of the University of Warwick shares beneficial practices that can enhance student well-being in an online teaching and learning environment.

8. Degrees are dehumanizing, but “underestimation” is not an easy solution
There is nothing ideologically neutral about grades, and nothing ideologically neutral about the idea that we can get rid of them neatly and tidily, says Jesse Stomel of the University of Mary Washington.

7. Returning to “normal” is in fact a return to ignorance
Covid has revealed that students need flexible and inclusive learning opportunities — something that should have been obvious before the pandemic, says University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Tory Trust.

6. The recognition of “invisible work” in academia is long overdue
We must ensure that academic citizenship becomes an essential part of our job descriptions, on a par with teaching, research and administration, say Shari Podts and Fleur Jungebier of Radboud University.

5. Pedagogy of Kindness: The Cornerstone of Student Education and Wellness
How to Integrate Human Contact-Based Pedagogy, Care, and Compassion into Your Teaching Practice to Improve Student Learning Outcomes, by Fiona Rawle of the University of Toronto Mississauga.

4. What does a good online review look like?
One of the biggest challenges of teaching online remains: how can students who work remotely be accurately and fairly evaluated? This Spotlight suite provides insight from 18 academics from around the world, on designing and delivering real and equitable assessment working in the field of digital learning.

3. Educational “metaverse” is coming
Universities that are better equipped with digital infrastructure and smart human resources will emerge as new leaders — no matter where they are, says Kwang Hyung Lee of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

2. Diversity statements: what to avoid and what to include
Diversity data is increasingly important for faculty, both when teaching online and when applying for jobs. Pardis Mahdavi and Scott Brooks of Arizona State University outline what to avoid and what to include when crafting a diversity statement.

1. Academics are not content creators and it is regressive to make them so
A video made by a professor for just their class, says David Kellerman of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is like a handwritten one-copy book being handed out to just one room of people. Instead of spending time creating content, teachers should focus their efforts on engaging and educating their students.

We look forward to providing more advice and insights on quality to continue to support and advance higher education around the world in 2022.

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