Recently PCIP approved an investment to support curriculum change initiatives related to "curriculum innovation" across the University of Saskatchewan. As a result, the GMCTE will have staff capacity to support various curriculum development initiatives being undertaken by programs, departments, and colleges.
Curriculum development support includes a spectrum of activities that potentially involves significantly different levels of engagement and connection between the GMCTE and the academic unit being supported. This includes:
- Process coaching: work with organizing team to help design the process and provide behind-the-scenes support
- Process resource support: provide background resources as requested
- Process facilitation: work with the entire department to facilitate the process
In each case we check in regularly to keep the project rolling.
Peter Wolf (University of Guelph), a leading curriculum designer in Canada, offers a model for curriculum development that is “faculty-driven, data-informed, and educational developer-supported.” In this model, curriculum development is based on three phases:
- Curriculum Visioning involves the assessment of various kind of data collected in order to match the attributes of the ideal graduate with the program goals;
- Curriculum Development uses curriculum mapping software to match foundational content and program objectives to assess current and future course offerings, sequencing, etc.
- Alignment, Coordination, and Development involves “reviewing the literature and research on one or more program objectives, developing relevant rubrics and exemplars of differing levels of skill development, and developing suggested teaching approaches to foster skill development.”
As can be seen from this brief summary of Wolf’s work, curriculum renewal requires an investment of time, and would be facilitated by having the support of an educational developer/program designer, workshops, and guidelines for curriculum mapping. By developing a systematic and explicit approach to curriculum development, departments/units will be able to identify their strengths and areas for further development.
For more information, visit the Curriculum Innovation and Renewal page.
- Wolf, Peter. 2007. “A Model for Facilitation Curriculum Development in Higher Education: A Faculty-Driven, Data-Informed, and Educational Developer-Supported Approach.” New Directions for Teaching and Learning. 112 (Winter). pp: 15-20.
- For example, see VUE, an open access curriculum mapping tool developed at Tufts University. For more information, see http://vue.tufts.edu.
- Ibid. p. 18.
Curriculum Alignment Tool:
The GMCTE has developed an online database tool to support departments curriculum mapping and alignment activities.
For more information, contact the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, Room 50 Murray Building, c/o Brad Wuetherick, Program Director or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curriculum Innovation Fund:
In 2011, PCIP created a Curriculum Innovation Fund to provide academic units support for innovative curriculum projects at the program and course level.
For Information about funds available for academic units to support curriculum innovation projects, click the link below: