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Curriculum Innovation and Renewal Cycle

The graphic below depicts the six stages of curriculum innovation and renewal. To find out more, click on one of the coloured sections:

Curriculum Innovation and Renewal Cycle ImageOverall ProcessGuiding Principles & ValuesCurrent Program GoalsIP3 Areas of FocusLearning Charter Core Learning Goals10 High-Impact Educational Practices1. Informed Imagining2. Inventory3. Identify Congruencies4. Implement5. Investigate Impact6. Re-Imagine

Is the Unexamined Program Really Worth Offering?

We are being invited to take a vigorous look at the programs we are offering. Taking a look at your curriculum is like peering into a closet or pantry with curiosity and neutrality rather than with nostalgia and sentiment or apathy.

  • I wonder why we are doing this this way?
  • Is this the best way?
  • Do we still need this?
  • When was the last time anyone used this?
  • Are we excited about our program and teaching?

Curriculum innovation and renewal is your chance to take your research lens to your curriculum with curiosity, inquisitiveness, neutrality, and genuine interest in what you might find. 

Why and What: Curriculum Innovation and Renewal Cycle

One Perspective: Why is the College engaging in a curriculum renewal process?

Another Perspective: Dean Peter Stoicheff talks curriculum renewal in Arts & Science, winter 2012

"Curriculum renewal is one of the most important faculty-driven projects that the college will undertake in the Third Integrated Plan. ...The college’s Curriculum Innovation Steering Committee (CISC), chaired by Professor Scott Bell and Sheryl Mills of the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, has done an outstanding job of undertaking and promoting the crucial planning and legwork for the beginning of our first phase of curriculum renewal. Mills and the previous First-Year Curriculum Bridging Committee (chaired by Professor Lesley Biggs) and the First-Year Curriculum Review Steering Committee (led then by former Dean Jo-Anne Dillon) did the research and formed the necessary recommendations to lead our college to our current stage, where we are now poised for transformative and cultural change regarding how and what we teach." 

- Peter Stiocheff

Read Peter Stiocheff's article, Curriculum Renewal: Part of Our Oxygen, here.