Planning Frameworks in Higher Education

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A presentation by Rachel Stubley for the PGCert Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education course in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Wales, Newport (November 2009).

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Planning Frameworks in Higher Education

  1. 1. Planning frameworks in HE PG Cert HE Newport School of Education 16 Nov 09
  2. 2. Objectives: by the end of the session participants will consider the range of influences on course planning and design review your learning and teaching strategy and make recommendations for improvement develop own practice in writing session outcomes evaluate the concept of “constructive alignment” in relation to your own modules
  3. 3. Influences on the planning process? Consider the main interests and concerns of the following groups: Students Academic staff University (Quality & Registry Services) Professional bodies QAA www.qaa.ac.uk
  4. 4. Developing a learning and teaching strategy What’s your teaching and learning strategy? Do you share it with students? Does it reflect interests and concerns of the various groups discussed?
  5. 5. Selecting the content The greatest enemy of understanding is coverage – I can’t repeat that often enough.* Do you want a curriculum “a mile wide and half an inch deep”…? ** *Gardner 1993 (in Biggs and Tang 2007:82) ** from Stedman 1997 (in op cit 2007:82
  6. 6. Aims, objectives and outcomes Three kinds of targets (see handout) Develop a learning outcome (make it SMARTer?) for : this session a session you are about to teach evaluated the variance analysis formula What are the advantages and limitations of learning outcomes? e
  7. 7. The basis of constructive alignment
  8. 8. The dynamic of constructive alignment
  9. 9. References BIGGS, J & TANG, C. (2007) Teaching for Quality Learning at University 3rd Edition. Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press http://engsc.ac.uk/er/theory/constructive_alignm ent.asp the HEA engineering webpage MOON, J. (2002) The Module and Programme Development Handbook London. Kogan Page

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