Software developer Culture Shift has teamed up with equity and inclusion-focused microlearning company GoodCourse to enable higher education leaders to create safe and inclusive environments for students and staff.
Bullying, harassment, sexual assault and racism are pressing issues in higher education, with 1 in 20 students dropping out due to racial harassment and students being three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the rest of the adult population.
As institutions become increasingly aware of their responsibility to care for students, this partnership aims to bring together the necessary tools for education leaders to proactively address these challenges.
Culture Shift’s online reporting platform provides organizations with the information they need to identify and respond to bullying, harassment and assault and has been proven to increase reporting by nearly 300%, while GoodCourse enables organizations to deliver highly engaging content that looks and feels like a social media platform that students use every day and covers courses on issues of equity, inclusion and safety such as consent.
Traditional approaches to culture and behavior change are workshops or traditional e-learning, which struggle with low attendance and completion rates. Reporting, in turn, has historically been mired in systemic problems, leading to a high incidence of inaction, leading to a lack of trust among victims. Research shows that only one in 20 survivors of sexual assault would feel comfortable sharing their experience with their institution.
By combining these next-generation technologies, universities will not only be able to identify and diagnose problem hot spots, they will also be able to manage large-scale behavioral changes throughout the year, ultimately reducing incidents.
“Both businesses share the vision that campuses should be safe places for students to learn and have positive life experiences,” said Chris Mansfield, co-founder of GoodCourse.
“Real progress on student inclusion and safety requires a whole new and holistic approach that has proven to engage students and give them confidence in their university – which is why we’re so excited to be working with Culture Shift.”
Gemma McCall, CEO of Culture Shift, spoke at our recent event about hiring challenges.
She added: “Despite increased awareness of the issues at universities, the statistics on harassment and sexual misconduct remain alarming.
“Our online reporting platform gives students a voice and leaders the tools they need to take action, while GoodCourse’s approach to course content and delivery is a game-changer for highlighting and solving problems in a way that engages students and drives change.
“We believe this is a powerful and valuable proposition for universities and their students.”