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LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
LRT Talks Plymouth 20100618
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  • 1. Systems enablers for flexible, responsive curricula Professor Mark Stubbs Head of Learning & Research Technologies Manchester Metropolitan University m.stubbs@mmu.ac.uk | http://twitter.com/thestubbs Thursday, June 17, 2010 2010-05-20 1
  • 2. Some observations • HE admin systems – typically islands: enrolment, prospectus, quality... – often oriented towards audit, not curriculum or competence development – typically oriented around a repeating academic period – data entry costs mitigated by “roll over” – occasionally annoying for “steady state” but .... – what if more flexible, responsive curricula is to become mainstream? Thursday, June 17, 2010 2 Source JISC XCRI + CDD
  • 3. A prelude to change? • Within the JISC’s £8M Curriculum Design and Delivery Programme, institutions are responding to the challenge of innovating curricula in a diminishing resource environment by scrutinising their business processes and the systems that support them, and questioning whether traditions of re-keying curricula data across systems can be sustained Thursday, June 17, 2010 3
  • 4. Understanding the gap Student Records QA / QE + Enrolment + Definitive documents + Transcript (HEAR) + Annual monitoring Curriculum Database Marketing Curriculum Innovation + Prospectus + Learning Outcome mapping + UCAS + Competence development Thursday, June 17, 2010 4
  • 5. Versioning • Past for transcript (snake) • Present for enrolment (jaguar) • Future for prospectus (condor) • Approved transitions 2010/11 Old Yr1 Old Yr2 2011/12 New Yr1 Old Yr2 2012/13 New Yr1 New Yr2 Thursday, June 17, 2010 5
  • 6. Lessons from MMU’s EQAL? • MMU Enhancing Quality of Assessment & Learning – Inspired by JISC SRC + threshold standards for student experience – 4 strands • Curriculum Framework • Admin Systems + Business Processes • Seamless Student Access • Quality Processes • Overcoming barriers to curriculum innovation – Scaffolding development of a new UG curriculum – Scrutinising new UG curriculum + setting up dependent systems: • enrolment, timetable, submission, VLE, library … Thursday, June 17, 2010 MLE Workshop, Aytoun Library Seminar Room 6 2009-05-13 14:00
  • 7. Insights so far • Approach – SSM scoping: system to ... by means of ... in order to ... – Consensus building: scenarios + data + process modelling + prototyping • Challenges – Agreeing terminology: Quality, Student Records, Marketing… • Programme / named Award / Course / Stage / Unit ? – Understanding difference between “Spec” + “Instance” • Spec: Curriculum Design – Quality Approval scrutiny • Instance: Curriculum Delivery – Monitoring & Enhancement scrutiny – Coping with inter-linkages without becoming overwhelmed !! Thursday, June 17, 2010 MLE Workshop, Aytoun Library Seminar Room 7 2009-05-13 14:00
  • 8. Some hope … • USQ proved it’s not impossible – http://www.usq.edu.au/extrafiles/ltsu/CPMS_JISC/ Thursday, June 17, 2010 MLE Workshop, Aytoun Library Seminar Room 8 2009-05-13 14:00

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