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ERIC Number: EJ971934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
An Academic Development Model for Fostering Innovation and Sharing in Curriculum Design
Dempster, Jacqueline A.; Benfield, Greg; Francis, Richard
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v49 n2 p135-147 2012
This paper outlines an academic development process based around a two- or three-day workshop programme called a Course Design Intensive (CDI). The CDI process aims to foster collaboration and peer support in curriculum development and bring about pedagogic innovation and positive experiences for both tutors and learners. Bringing participants together in multi-disciplinary teams enables critical review and cross-fertilisation of ideas within and across teams. The paper draws on an in-depth evaluation undertaken over a five-year period. Data were analysed from reports, workshop feedback and in-depth interviews with nine CDI participants from six programme teams. The CDI approach appears to legitimise and support time out for staff to work collaboratively and reflectively on new modes of delivery, such as e-learning for blended and distance courses. Its success, however, is contingent on a variety of factors, especially the agency of key staff members. We critique the workshop model and discuss the benefits, limitations and critical success factors. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom