Redesigning the Undergraduate Curriculum: 360-Degree Interactions

By Paula Hodgson and Eva Lui.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Universities in Hong Kong has adopted an outcome-based approach has been adopted by universities in Hong Kong for almost a decade. The change from three to four years undergraduate curriculum offers an excellent opportunity for change. The university describes in this paper has gone through the process and each programme has been reviewed and modifications were made so that it can provide multiple opportunities for students to embrace an attitude towards knowledge discovery. The exercise to integrate creativity in all programmes was completed effectively through 360-degree interactions between senior management, offices offering central support of the institution, senior staff and frontline teachers in departments. This paper reports on the process and on observed changes in the programmes while highlighting the usefulness of 360-degree interactions. Although the curriculum redesign started with a top-down approach to change, the authors will discuss the strategies adopted to enhance ownership of and enthusiasm for the change among stakeholders.

Keywords: Creativity, Curriculum Design, Outcome-based Education, Change Management

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.57-65. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 686.981KB)).

Dr. Paula Hodgson

Project Manager, General Education Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Paula Hodgson is a project manager at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has been researching the use of learning technologies for learning, teaching and assessment in higher education for over a decade. Her current research interests are assessment for learning, developing generic and professional competence through authentic and virtual learning environments, and case-based teaching and assessment. In her sixteen years of research in higher education, she has published forty-one papers and presented twenty-two papers including assessment and evaluation, first-year experience, and technology-mediated teaching and learning.

Dr. Eva Lui

Manager (Academic Planning), Academic Planning Team, Office of the Provost, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Dr Eva Lui currently works in the Academic Planning Team for the Associate Provost. Before joining the Provost Office of the university, she was the Associate Head of English Language Centre at City University of Hong Kong, where she oversaw assessment matters of the Centre. Her main research interests have been in language assessment and course evaluation.