Due to the current global health crisis, universities have been required to cancel all face-to-face classes and switch to emergency remote teaching. With not much time for planning, Faculties of Science had to think creatively about how to deliver their classes online. In this emergency planning academics and support staff were required to think outside the box to generate solutions that would allow their students to complete the subjects they were enrolled in. While some solutions put in place were emergency solutions not to be applied in normal times, it is likely that in this flurry of activity and creative thinking new approaches and resources were developed that will be adopted after the crisis is over.
The ACDS project Repository of online resources for science and mathematics teaching and assessment provides a mechanism for sharing these resources across its member institutions. It provides funds to create a repository of curated remote teaching and assessment resources developed across Faculties of Science, particularly those resources that would benefit teachers and students of large mainstream subjects.
Following a call for applications, we are pleased to announce that the following colleagues were successful in securing funding to lead this development in the different disciplines: Madeleine Schultz and team (Chemistry), Elizabeth Angstmann, Christine Lindstrom and Kate Jackson (Physics) and Sara Herke (Mathematics). They will soon be engaging with their networks to start giving shape to this repository.
The ACDS expects to support this repository to remain active in acquiring further resources following its establishment. Its processes of curation and review should promote wide discussion and shared understanding of the learning goals, pedagogies and evidence-based evaluation of the resources that it contains.