We are seeking a consultant or consultancy team to advise the ACU on a series of ‘virtual exchange’ projects, and to produce a high-quality report and toolkit with practical recommendations for future design. The consultancy will accompany three virtual events that the ACU is piloting between July and August 2020.
The ACU has long been committed to delivering innovative, experiential, collaborative, cross-curricular inter-cultural learning experiences through its Summer Schools and student leadership programmes. It is extending this work through online platforms, bringing together students and staff from its broad and diverse Commonwealth network virtually. As with face-to-face equivalents, each virtual event has unique learning objectives, and aims to use innovative programme design to achieve these. The consultants will guide the design, technology, implementation and efficacy of three new virtual exchange events and evaluation methods. The report will evaluate the trialled approaches and their efficacy, making recommendations for effective methods for future events. A separate toolkit will summarise practical tools and methods for effective virtual exchange activities in other higher education settings.
The report will inform future ACU virtual exchange activities, and the toolkit will be shared with the ACU network of member universities to help inform new ways of working. The report and the toolkit should be delivered by 30 September 2020.