The core team and the connected broader team are all educators and experience teaching and learning as a community of praxis. The approach to curriculum development brought together the core team (Jane Wormald, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader; Cheryl Reynolds, Senior Lecturer and Examination Tutor; Ian Rushton, Senior Lecturer; David Powell, Consortium Director and Prof. Kevin Orr), all of whom taught on the course on which this development is focused.
The collective approach to curriculum design included significant involvement of 16 Consortium partners (lecturers), 12 part-time mature students, who are also educators or trainers in lifelong learning, four external examiners, two academic librarians (Dr Andrew Walsh (NTF) and Jess Haigh) and academic skills tutor (Jane Mullen, Senior Lecturer).
Impact of work
The team collaborated in devising innovative and accessible subject specific game-based/practical academic skills workshops, an annual Student Research Festival and a blended learning design that forefronts dialogue as central to learning with a number of supporting activities that engage with challenge and stretch on key areas relating to current subject specific issues or trouble points. Informal educative discussions on a social e-platform including, for example, book reviews, module Q&As and group feedback, are all designed to encourage critical friendships and debate. These ideas have been rolled out and emulated across the department, the Consortium and the University as a whole with the aim of cultivating a community of enquiry that values its participants.
Plans for the future
The dissemination of the design ideas and specific approaches to developing activities to support learning are central to widening this approach that has had significant impact on student attainment and academics’ engagement with proactive curriculum development. The ambition of the team is to extend their reach overseas.
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