Category Archives: Design Projects

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

EA, the Design Studio & Curriculum Design

I have found recent debate within the support team about the Design Studio thought-provoking. Since its inception we have wrestled with the fact that the Curriculum Lifecycle represents a particular view of the territory that is not necessarily shared by all potential users and hence we have looked at providing other pathways through the resources … Read more

JISC CETIS conference – fantasy curriculum management systems

Last week saw around 140 delegates gather in Nottingham for the annual JISC CETIS conference. A number of the Design projects contributed to the session “Integrating and Subverting Corporate Systems for Educational Purposes” which I facilitated. Session presenters, Mark Stubbs (SRC), Jim Everett (PiP), Sam Rowley (Enable) and Hugh Davies, University of Southampton (we had … Read more

Some different views of standards and technologies being used in the Design Programme

Part of the role of CETIS in the support of both the Delivery and Design Programmes is to record the different types of standards and technologies that projects are using. Over the past few months I’ve been blogging about this and also working with colleagues to provide different views on the data we’ve been collating. … 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

Quality assurance: friend or foe to curriculum innovation?

Robust and rigorous processes and procedures are needed to ensure that quality and standards are met but can they actually stand in the way of creating flexible, agile and responsive curricula? A baseline report for the curriculum design programme shows that the institutions involved have robust QA processes but some of them worry that these … Read more

Sharing learning outcomes and course information – some international perspectives

Sharing learning outcomes and course information is a key theme across the Design Programme. As projects are discovering there is no “one size fits all” solution. Standards that are available, such as XCRI, can go someway to share some (mainly course marketing related) information, but are still developing in term of providing more pedagogically focused … Read more

Launch of Curriculum Design and Delivery Flickr site

We’ve amassed quite a collection of photos from programme meetings over the last year.  Lots of things seemed worth recording from the projects’ creative representations of their endeavours to team building exercises involving plate-spinning and giraffe building.  We’ve put them together on flickr and you can take a look at If you’ve got any pictures to … Read more