Author Archives: msheppard

Curriculum change and transformation: outcomes from the JISC Curriculum Design programme

Challenges and context The last four years have seen unprecedented change in higher education in the UK. During that time 12 universities funded under the JISC Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme have been steering change projects through some significant challenges to transform their institutions’ approaches to curriculum design. The projects were focusing on a … Read more

Stories of organisational change in curriculum design

This summer saw the launch of a new JISC On Air Radio show which explores curriculum design and the role technology plays in supporting changes to organisational practices and processes. The focus is on the different approaches to curriculum change and engaging stakeholders of two universities involved in the Curriculum Design programme – Birmingham City … Read more

Curriculum design with OERs – OU announces MOOC

Building on the work of the JISC OULDI project, the Open University will be leading a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the theme of curriculum design with OERs (open educational resources) (see announcement). This will run from September to December 2012 and will be valuable for anyone seeking to develop their professional skills and … Read more

Transforming curriculum design: Transforming institutions

JISC has recently published a briefing paper produced by Gill Ferrell around the interim findings of the Curriculum Design programme. The paper highlights resources and lessons learned to date which may benefit the sector in a changing environment and looks in particular at how technology could transform the management and development of the curriculum at … Read more

Sustaining innovation in curriculum delivery

There was much discussion at last week’s Innovating e-Learning online conference around managing change and how these can support the embedding and sustaining of innovation and new practice within an organisation. This requires significant engagement with a range of stakeholders and linking new approaches and practices to institutional strategies and policies is an integral part … Read more

Tools and approaches for designing a flexible curriculum

The programme meeting for the Curriculum Design projects held last week in Birmingham focussed on tools and projects for creating a more flexible curriculum. After an update from the three project clusters the day focussed around three issues that had emerged from Cluster meetings: Managing Course Information Learner Centred Timetabling Managing Teaching workload A number … Read more

Sustaining Curriculum Change

The programme meeting for the Transforming Curriculum Delivery projects held in Birmingham last week focussed on sustainability, a perennial problem for JISC projects. The day consisted of a number of presentations and activities including a Dragon’s Den activity (which wasn’t as scary as it sounds!) on how to embed project outputs to ensure that the … Read more

Quality enhancement and e-learning

Quality enhancement is about systemic approaches and ‘deliberate steps’ towards improving the way that learning is managed and how students are supported. The Delivery projects are taking this forward-looking view by piloting new approaches and uses of technology to enhance learning. A challenge will be to ‘argue the case’ for promoting, sustaining and embedding these … Read more