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Curriculum Design – Sep '21

Explore the different perspectives on curriculum and the different factors that influence your curriculum design.

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Curriculum Design – Sep '21
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

What is a curriculum and what is your role and identity in curriculum design?

The word ‘curriculum’ is a term that we often come across working in higher education, but what does this term really mean and do students and staff share a common understanding? In addition, when it comes to designing a curriculum, what are some of the factors that will influence our decisions?

This short course explores the different perspectives on curriculum and the different factors that influence your curriculum design. You will also examine your academic identity and leadership in relation to curriculum design.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is a curriculum?

  • Factors influencing curriculum development in HE

  • Academic identity and academic citizenship

  • Your role in curriculum design and academic leadership

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore different perspectives on curriculum
  • Identify different factors that influence your curriculum design in your context
  • Investigate your academic identity and your role as an academic citizen
  • Identify your role in curriculum design and how you could be an academic leader

Who is the course for?

Colleagues at Coventry University and CU Group who teach and/or support student learning in Higher Education.

Who will you learn with?

Course director for PgCert APHE. Passionate about learning and teaching. Research interests include blended learning, academic development, assessment and feedback.


Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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