EDUC 6551 - Curriculum Development and Innovation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This topic aims to introduce students to the ideas and procedures involved in curriculum development, innovation and evaluation. In addition, the approaches to both learning and teaching employed in the curriculum that seek to benefit from the use of ICT in advancing the understanding and appreciation of knowledge as well as from innovative practice will be explored. The course is concerned with the development of curricula and the design of instruction, as well as the provision of learning experiences, assessment and reporting. It first examines some general and basic issues related to designing a curriculum. Key curriculum design models will be discussed and implications for teaching will be outlined. Curricular innovations and implications for professional development will be examined.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 6551
    Course Curriculum Development and Innovation
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Edward Palmer

    Course Coordinator: Dr Edward Palmer
    Edward Palmer
    Work Phone 83136036
    Office Location Room 6.23 Nexus 10
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Week 1: Introductions
    Week 2: Evaluation 1
    Week 3: Assessment 1
    Week 4: Assessment 2
    Week 5: MOOCs
    Week 6: LAMs
    Week 7: Learning environments
    Week 8: ADDIE
    Week 9: TPACK
    Week 10: 5 Stages
    Week 11: Gamification
    Week 12: Design Issues
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Design curricula based on analysis, evaluation and synthesis of course documents teaching and learning articles, and evaluative feedback
    2 Identify issues with courses and individually and cooperatively devise, implement and rigorously evaluate solutions
    3 Use a range of innovative educational approaches to complement and enhance face to face teaching
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2,3,6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,5,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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    Specific Course Requirements
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    If you are an Adelaide University staff member and your office computer complies with the standard operating environment specs you are in a good position to meet most of the requirements, at least in terms of hardware.

    Note: It is important to remember that adding new capabilities to your existing computer may have some lead time I.e forms to fill in, help desk requests, installations etc) so please set about doing this in good time.

    The requirements are outlined below:
    Access to MyUni (Blackboard learning management System)
    Virtual Classroom (online service)
    1. Headset (mic and ear phones). Avoid using the PC speakers as these produce feedback into the mic and this disturbs other participants.
    2. A broadband internet connection is not essential but is recommended.
    Journal tool (online service) - included in MyUni
    Wiki tool (online service) - included in MyUni
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment 1: Evaluation of Online Courses (40%),
    You are required to choose an evaluation framework useful for online learning courses and use it to evaluate a LAMs course offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and one other course of your choice.
    Due date 1: Choose your evaluation framework and report on why you have selected it (500 words, 15%)
    Due date 2: Use your evaluation framework to report on a LAMS course and an online course of your choice (1500 words, 25%)

    Assignment 2: Course Design Exercise (60%),
    You are required to develop an online course
    The course will have at least two assessments, neither of which can count for more than 70% of the overall mark
    The course will be address relevant graduate attributes and will have an approprite framework for instruction, use appropriate tools and be supported by the literature.
    The outcome will be the course itself and a report, in whatever format you choose, but equivalent to 2000 words describing the course and the methodologies used to develop it. (45%)

    There will be substantial small group discovery time available in the virtual classrooms to assist in this assignment
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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