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TECHNOLOGY– BASED SOLUTIONS                             FOR ENHANCED CURRICULUM DESIGN                                    ...
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Alt c 2010 poster 0048 #dcb09v2


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Alt c 2010 poster 0048 #dcb09v2

  1. 1. TECHNOLOGY– BASED SOLUTIONS FOR ENHANCED CURRICULUM DESIGN IN HIGHER EDUCATION A JOURNEY OF INVOLVEMENT, INFLUENCE AND CHANGE Five HEIs with some striking differences in Institutional distinctiveness has resulted in background, philosophy, specialisms, image, different degrees of emphasis & engagement in curriculum aspirations and — of course — students, have found design and a range of technologies and possible solutions. enormous value in sharing the practice, ideas, More significant is the emergence of common issues, experiences and outcomes of their separate socio- concerns & priorities and of complementary technical institutional change projects. outcomes and shared lessons learned. Read on to find out more about significant drivers, approaches, outcomes and reflections on institutional approaches to curriculum design that have emerged from the five projects so far: DRIVERS OUTCOMES  Enhancing the quality of the student experience;  ”Staff now actually discuss curriculum design in terms of content and philosophy and don‟t just focus on the approval event and the paperwork”;  Promoting innovation & flexibility in teaching & programme design;  Student-facing versions of module/ programme specifications are in  Desire for a more streamlined development; programme design and approval process;  Students are being employed to develop  Desire for more consistent and effective use of curriculum in collaboration with staff; programme information;  Projects are at various stages of developing &  Anticipated demographic shift / changing markets; testing appropriate technical solutions to support  Government cuts / funding squeeze; curriculum design and approval;  Requirement to be more demand driven;  „Scope creep‟ has emerged whereby some  JISC funding opportunity. OUR COMMON GOAL: projects have become associated with solving related—and occasionally entirely unrelated— issues.  BETTER COURSES THROUGH BETTER DESIGN APPROACHES LESSONS LEARNED  Stakeholder consultation and collaboration  It is very important for institutions to informing and driving change; acknowledge that engaging staff from all the required areas is a significant challenge, taking time and effort;  Mapping of current processes;  Technology-driven solutions are not always the most appropriate nor does it follow that they will have the  Use of „Lean Principles‟ and biggest impact; participatory design to review processes;  Raising & managing expectations in the context of scope creep is proba-  Re-engineering based on detailed specifications bly an inevitable consequence of gathered from stakeholders; approaches driven by stakeholder  Promoting innovation, flexibility and responsiveness consultation and collaboration; in teaching and programme design;  Development of bespoke tools, both technology  “Selling the pain” of inaction can been an effective enhanced and non-technology related; approach; another is a “snowballing approach”  Piloting/Re-engineering a range of open source and whereby the process of rethinking curriculum design proprietary software, including SharePoint, Maharaja, can encourage increased engagement levels more Wombat, Kuala Student, Twitter, Banner [Student]. generally.Projects: T-SPARC—PALET—Course Tools—PREDICT—UG-Flex Each project is at the mid-way point of the four year JISC funded programme, „Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design‟.FURTHER DETAILS: 2010 Poster: 0048:A rich and strange journey of involvement, influence and change in five HEIs