TaskIntroducing graduate attributes to CQUni’s curriculum
The challenge:Getting academics to see value in graduate attributes – why should I care about Gas? It’s not just a tick ‘n’ flick (changing attitudes)Motivate academics to map their curriculum,analyse their programs & make changes (why should I do this? What benefits will come of it?)
Coming up with a pedagogical framework for evaluating curriculum against the graduate attributes that is not overcomplicated, but still meaningful
A technological solution to collecting the information and facilitating analysis, reflection and remedy
A collection of underlying philosophies around how we operate and engage with academic staff:“If you want academics to do something, make it easy, not hard”“Nobody likes to do meaningless tasks”“Rather than provide fish, teach to fish”“Evolutionary rather than revolutionary”“Work smarter, not harder” – AUTOMATION
The contextThe 8 attributes were already decided, along with 3-level of depth for each attribute (introductory, intermediate, & graduate)High workload for many staff (academic & professional)Under-resourced IT department
So what did we do?Start with mapping the status-quo – a bottom up approach – what do we currently haveAnalyse the status-quo at program-level and make decisions about how to improve the curriculum ensuring rounded development of 8 attributes
Pedagogical Framework for mapping the graduate attributes into the curriculumMap the attributes against learning outcomes and assessment, but not (at this stage) the learning activities – a compromise – baby stepsMapped to 3 levels, so there was a dimension of breadth across the curriculum and depth – so development of graduate attributes can be scaffolded
It is no surprise that managing academics is difficultBy the nature of their job, they are required to be critical thinkersHappily challenge any institutional directiveThey work largely autonomouslyThey are also very pragmatic when it comes to teachingQuote:“I think I’d rather manage a large software development project”And so we did (sort of)Moving onto the technology
Why make the academic staff copy & paste learning outcomes and assessment information into spreadsheets, when we already have this information in computer systems?How were we going to manage the dissemination and collation of spreadsheets across xxx courses & yyy programs?How would we track our progress on this activity?
So what did we do?
Centrally stored data collectionSecureBacked up
Tried sharing an MS Office document?Multiple copies need to be merged againWhich is the latest version?
Distributed Word or Excel documents will need to be collated againNot necessary with web approach
Because centrally storedAnytime track progress of data collection
Collected data can be easily shared with others.
Learning objectives & Assessment info providedDon’t have to hunt for itExtract LO & Assessment from ITD databases80% of LO have been extracted automatically by script
Reports/Analysis can be provided centrally and updated/improved centrallyNo need to redistribute files. Just visit updated website.
Data collected could be made available for download into Excel spreadsheetMore detailed/custom analysis by program directors if desired
Allocation to courses for mapping could be based on ASA rolesEg. Course co-ordinators assigned to their courses for mapping
ITD have all the info, so let’s re-use it (share)Features of systemSimple & Easy to useProvide all the information required to do the evaluation and map the course:learning outcomesassessment infoCourse profileMoodle course siteStudent handbook entry for programsDon’t make academics search all over for info (meaningless task)Don’t make them copy & paste information (such as LO & assessment) (meaningless task)No submit buttons – each change is automatically saved (easy to use – simple)Centralised shared reportsTransparent system – everyone can see everyone’s mapping
Let’s take a look at the actual system and how it works and what it does
Promoting Excellence Network - Graduate Attributes at CQUniversity Australia
Improving student outcomes by promoting whole of university good practice<br />Graduate Attributes @ CQUni<br />Damien Clark<br />http://damosworld.wordpress.com<br />
Presentation Outline<br />Task<br />The challenges<br />Underlying philosophies<br />Context<br />How we went about it<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/3277667570/<br />
Task<br />Integrate graduate attributes into curriculum<br />of all undergraduate programs across CQUni<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjornb/6503847/<br />
The Challenges<br />Academics to see value in graduate attributes<br />Not a tick ‘n’ flick exercise<br />Changing attitudes<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/greyloch/4572583667/<br />
The Challenges<br />Pedagogical Framework<br />Integrate GAs into Curriculum<br />Simple<br />Meaningful<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/sk8geek/4901169636/<br />
Underlying Philosophies<br />If you want academics to do something, make it easy<br />Nobody likes to do meaningless tasks<br />Rather than provide fish, teach to fish<br />Evolutionary rather than revolutionary<br />Work smarter, not harder<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdfalk/544412899/<br />
How did we do it?<br />Map the status-quo<br />Bottom-up approach<br />Analyse<br />Rectify<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/amadeusrecord/5072124707/<br />
How did we do it?<br />Pedagogical Framework<br />Balancing Act<br />Simple<br />Meaningful<br />Mapped GAs against:<br />But not:<br />Learning Outcomes<br />Learning Activities<br />Assessments<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/22863752@N06/2788089212/<br />
How did we do it?<br />Academic Engagement<br />Solicit Feedback<br />Contextualise<br />School meetings<br />Simple technology<br />Screencasts<br />Automation<br />Workshops<br />Reference Groups<br />Patience<br />Hard Yakka<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/funbobseye/72633868/<br />
Managing Academics = Herding Cats<br />Critical thinkers<br />Autonomous<br />Pragmatic<br />Why should I …?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimholmes/5084241272/in/set-1125062/<br />
How did we do it?<br />Conventional Wisdom<br />Spreadsheets<br />Painful!!<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/traftery/161770084/<br />
How did we do it?<br />A Web-based Solution<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/cybershotking/329184504/<br />
Export data to Excel<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodysworld1778/1422374741/<br />
Assigned access to courses<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/tnarik/3366933051/<br />
Re-use existing Information<br />Share<br />If you want academics to do something, make it easy<br />Nobody likes to do meaningless tasks<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/oakleyoriginals/2786948990/<br />