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Viewpoints draft handbook - executive summary

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This summary of the Viewpoints Handbook is designed to help staff with their curriculum design, at module or whole-course level.

The full Handbook, once available, will give course teams all the information they need to run their own curriculum design workshops, using reflective resources developed by the Viewpoints Project.

A full copy of the draft Handbook is available on request to academics interested in reviewing the full Guide.

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Viewpoints draft handbook - executive summary

  1. 1. VIEWPOINTS HANDBOOK A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO CURRICULUM DESIGN(EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND FLOWCHART)The full (draft) Handbook is available on request for academic staff interested in providing feedback on content. Contact k.virapen@ulster.ac.uk if interested in obtaining a copy.
  2. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYWelcome to the Viewpoints Handbook, which is designed to help you withcurriculum design, at module or whole-course level.This handbook will give you all the information you need to run a curriculum designworkshop with your course team, using our reflective resources – a learner timelineworksheet and best-practice pedagogical principles based around four themes –Assessment and Feedback, Information Skills, Learner Engagement and Creativity inthe Curriculum.Chapter 1 gives you a brief summary of the Viewpoints approach, its purpose, andthe benefits of holding a Viewpoints curriculum design workshop.Chapter 2 explains who might find this Handbook useful, and details all thecurriculum design resources available in the associated Download Pack (which canbe downloaded, free of charge, here. [link to Download Pack] A useful one-pageflowchart at the end of this chapter helps guide you through the use of Viewpointsmaterials and the associated information in the Handbook, and makes a goodstarting point for anyone thinking of planning a workshop on curriculum design.Chapter 3 provides a useful step-by-step information on running your ownworkshop, including detailed summary plans (for module or course levelworkshops), guidelines for workshop preparation, hints and tips on running asuccessful workshop, details of where to get copies of necessary workshopresources, and workshop roles.Chapter 4 outlines the four themes in more detail, and explains the source of theirunderpinning best-practice pedagogical principles.Chapter 5 tells you what to do with your workshop outputs, and where to go formore information.Chapter 6 is a list of acknowledgments of all stakeholders and expert guidancewhich has been fundamental in developing the Viewpoints approach to curriculumdesign.Finally, Appendix 01 explains how to create your own workshop materials, if youcannot get access to original course worksheet timelines and theme cards (asdescribed in Chapter 3). We hope you find this Handbook useful! If you have any comments, questions or suggestions then contact us on tfl@ulster.ac.uk. 1
  3. 3. Figure 1 The main steps in the Viewpoints curriculum design process 2

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