Characteristics of curriculum design
So what are the most important characteristics of curriculum design for UK Higher Education? Here are some thoughts:
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Curriculum design should be fit for purpose:
- developing students' professional identity;
- covering threshold concepts;
- being inclusive and accessible to all;
- encouraging student participation;
- capacity to cope with the rate of change.
Curriculum design is influenced by:
- definitions of curriculum which are conceptual, or political and social - consider:
- external pressures such as:
- institutional rules and regulations including the academic year and assessment regulations;
- values and ideologies, eg ethics and institutional goals such as Ecoversity;
- disciplinary traditions, eg the work of Toohey.
Curriculum design is a process led by institutional procedures including:
Curriculum design should be based on underlying principles and evidence:
Current models include:
Curriculum design may be changing:
- accelerated - Carpe Diem, University of Leicester;
- more flexible - Escalate;
- technology support - JISC eTutor project;
- programme focused rather than module focused - PASS Programme Assessment Strategies
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