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Lessons in curriculum design and institutional change

Quinsee, S. & Parker, P. M. (2011). Lessons in curriculum design and institutional change. Paper presented at the AISHE-C 2010: Designing & Delivering Curricula for the Future, 26 - 27 Aug 2010, Dublin, Ireland.


Curriculum design and development can be undertaken either as a small or larger scale activity but is often within one or two faculty or school areas. Two projects that the presenters are involved in have been institution wide activities. This has meant that the scale of the projects is large but also diverse and leading to the need for change of both practice and culture. One of the projects which is funded by JISC on curriculum design has been focused on exploring the values and principles staff use when developing their curriculum and the models or frameworks used to support the development. This has been to identify if there are several approaches used within the institution or some key areas that all use. There has also been a desire to explore how staff would like this process to be undertaken and what support could be provided. The other project has been to undertake a review of our virtual learning environment and using stakeholder views and requirements introduce a new strategic learning environment (SLE). The project has then examined the development of using this SLE over the first year and through pilots has looked at how staff have found this change and what support they have required. Through both these projects there has been some pitfalls, challenges and opportunities which the presenters believe can provide some lessons for others. Some of pitfalls, challenges and opportunities were expected but others could not have been predicted. Sharing these lessons will enable some tips to be given on how to avoid some of the issues that occurred for us. During the presentation there will be an opportunity for the audience to consider how the lessons and tips may be useful to them but also to ask us questions.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Forthcoming
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: Professional Services > Learning, Enhancement and Development
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