Community Engagement Project Online

Southern Cross University

Are you enrolled in Community Engagement Project for Session 1 of 2020? Work with the University's Partnerships team to investigate the challenges that key partner organisations (and the wider community) are facing, as we all adapt to a more 'remote' way of living and working due to COVID-19. This project is specifically for students enrolled in COM30001.

Working on this project you will make a difference in: Key Impact Area: Community and Cultural Development; & Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11).


Availability: Approved

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: Not yet defined

Various Locations

Requires face to face contact: No



- Support students enrolled in the University's flagship Community Engaged Learning (CEL) unit to successfully transition to online studies and complete the associated required learning
- Provide partner organisations with valuable research and analysis regarding their communications and service delivery options in the light of COVID-19 impacting their typical core business


- Enable students to continue their learning and development regarding engagement practises and successfully complete the Community Engagement Project unit
- Development of specific case studies to support the current and future work delivery requirement of community partner organisations

Needs to be addressed

This project will provide solutions to changing study requirements for students enrolled in Community Engagement Project. It will also support select partners to build operational resilience and drive innovation, which will hopefully lead to a minimisation of disruption to service delivery though engaging alternative solutions.

Benefits to students

- Increased awareness of challenges being faced by organisations in operating their services due to physical distancing guidelines
- Increased sense of empathy for users of services provided by partner organisations
- Increased ability to think critically around a highly-relevant/ contemporary social issue
- Opportunity to lead with solutions and contribute positively to the work of various community partners

Skills required:
- Access to ICT resources (phone, internet, computer)
- Willingness to engage with empathy and understanding
- Ability to apply research, creative thinking and reflection skills to a complex and ever-changing situation


Southern Cross University

- Support from Partnerships staff to facilitate development of case studies
- Use of University's communications platforms to engage with students participating in the porject


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