Empowering curriculum leaders to innovate: an overview and evaluation of an Integrated Curriculum Design Framework

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    Abstract

    Conceptions of curriculum can vary across an institution, disciplines, departments and within programme teams (Fraser and Bosanquet, 2006). In this context, there is also a need to design programmes that are innovative and facilitate the development of 21st Century skills. In response to this, an Integrated Curriculum Design Framework (ICDF) has been developed at Ulster University (Curran and Murphy, 2018) and encompasses the three dimensions of curriculum: Knowing, Doing and Being (Barnett and Coate, 2005).
    The framework is an enabler for teams to strive for academic excellence and to design for success for today’s 21st century learner focusing on:
    • What does the student need to know?
    • What does the student need to be able to do?
    • What does the student need to be and become?
    The ICDF is an overarching framework that consists of a seven-stage approach to
    curriculum design. It is truly integrated as it involves academic staff, students, alumni, academic support service staff, employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) co-designing and developing a holistic and innovative curriculum for our learners, industry and economy.
    The framework has underpinned professional development activity over the last 18 months as part of Ulster’s Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and the MEd and a robust evaluation has been carried out with participants on the usefulness of the ICDF in underpinning their redesigns at a modular and programme level. In addition, programme teams revalidating programmes have adopted the framework to support their curriculum design innovations.

    This session will include a brief overview of the framework and toolkit. It will also involve exploration and reflection, based on feedback received to date, on how the framework empowers curriculum leaders to facilitate a change in mind-sets and the development of an integrated team-based interconnected curriculum.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSEDA SPRING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE 2019
    PublisherStaff and Educational Development Association
    Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019
    EventStaff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference: Collaboration to support the student experience and progression - Clayton Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Duration: 9 May 201910 May 2019
    https://www.seda.ac.uk/events/info/476

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    ConferenceStaff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference
    CountryNorthern Ireland
    CityBelfast
    Period9/05/1910/05/19
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    Curran, R., & Murphy, C. (2019). Empowering curriculum leaders to innovate: an overview and evaluation of an Integrated Curriculum Design Framework. In SEDA SPRING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE 2019 Staff and Educational Development Association.