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ERIC Number: ED121195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Unit Offers Ideas Not Hardware to Spur Change.
Planning for Higher Education, v4 n3:3/5 Jun 1975
Fourth in a series of profiles documenting the practices of 24 institutions, this report describes Syracuse University's Center for Instructional Development, which spearheads the campus-wide determination to find better ways of teaching and learning. The Center relies not on hardware but on the force of its ideas and the willingness of the university to support them. Projects range from the redesign of entire courses to the curriculum of an entire program such as music education. The Center's role illustrates the benefits of an "instructional design team" approach. An additional role in providing a campus climate in which radical innovation can occur is illustrated by the way the registrar's office has responded to the need for more flexible recordkeeping. The Center's services are provided at no charge to individual departments and schools of the university to encourage maximum efforts to improve instruction. Organizationally, it consists of six units: Development; Research and Evaluation; Project Advance; Graphics and Printing; an Independent Learning Laboratory; and Test-Scoring and Evaluation. The Center's record of accomplishment seems to have made it an established part of the academic administration. (LBH)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Curriculum Study Centers, Educational Innovation, Flexible Scheduling, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education)
Society for College and University Planning, 3 Washington Square Village, Suite 1-A, New York, New York 10012 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Coll. and Univ. Planning, New York, NY.; Educational Facilities Labs., Inc., New York, NY.