Facilitating Institutional Curriculum Change in Higher Education

By Pamela Parker and Susannah Quinsee.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper discusses the strategies and processes used within one Higher Education institution to support curriculum design and change the culture around this activity. The paper provides a brief discussion of two institution-wide projects related to curriculum design that have been taking place over the last few years and have been used to support this area of development. The discussion will then identify some of the issues around terminology and barriers to staff engaging in curriculum design as well as processes that had been used by staff and then move to discussing the strategies used to support this activity. Throughout the paper there will also be reference to comments gained from peers during the workshop that took place at the Eighteenth International Conference on Learning in Mauritius in July 2011.

Keywords: Curriculum Design, Strategies for Design, Barriers to Curriculum Design, Institutional Change

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp.49-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 753.265KB).

Dr. Pamela Parker

Associate Director, Learning Development Centre, City University London, London, UK

Dr. Pam Parker is Associate Director of the Learning Development Centre, City University London. Pam leads development and evaluation of the academic programmes, both a Master’s degree level and a PhD programme, and is focusing on developing the research profile of the centre. Her interests and specialist areas include staff development and support, curriculum development, assessment and research related to learning and teaching and impact. Pam is on both the executive and conference committees for the Staff Educational Developers Association (SEDA) and is project manager for a JISC curriculum design project.

Prof. Susannah Quinsee

Director, Learning Development Centre, City University London, London, UK

Professor Susannah Quinsee is Director of the Learning Development Centre, City University London. Susannah leads the Learning Development Centre and champions learning and teaching development across the University and externally. Her current research focuses on leadership and change management in relation to learning development, online learning communities and strategies for the implementation of online learning environments. Susannah is also Chair and a founding member of the steering group of the Heads of E-Learning Forum (HeLF), a national organisation in the UK to provide a network for e-learning managers and lobby national agencies. She has undertaken consultancy work for other Universities and national agencies including the Centre for Excellence in Leadership and the Leadership Foundation.


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