Authors and Copyright Information
This book is a collaborative project brought to you by the following USask Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience (TLSE) staff members:
- Aditi Garg, Educational Development Specialist, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning
- Sara Dzaman, Lead, Curriculum Team, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning
- Susan Bens, Educational Development Specialist, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning – Project Lead
- Wendy James, Director, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning
- Roberta Campbell-Chudoba, Educational Development Specialist, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning – Pressbook Developer
Special thanks to Erin Holcomb for the cover design.
This content of this book is the result of collective experience and observations about what is happening when curriculum change projects progress well and what is happening when they do not. The content is original and at the same time informed by best practice in the areas of change management and curriculum design.
This book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Why Did We Create This Book?
Curriculum change processes may arise only a few times during the career of a university faculty member.
We created this book to assist the successful and timely implementation of the educational vision of the curriculum change projects faculty undertake, especially as we work together to build a more inclusive and enriched university learning experience for students.
As educational development specialists, we see common patterns when working to support curriculum change. To create this book, our team examined what we know about leadership in academic contexts, change management, and effective curriculum design. We consolidated that knowledge and experience into a 4-step process.
Academic leaders and faculty can use this guide to help with:
- the sequencing of decisions,
- knowing when to move ahead and when to revisit or reinforce a step, and
- ultimately, how to design and then implement a program of teaching and learning experiences that align to the curriculum goals.
Layout of This Book
To be able to use this as a handbook for curriculum design for a program, each part of the process has its own chapter.
The 4-Step process is divided across a total of 12 Actions
You will see the following structure in the main chapters:
- Explanation of the Step in program design
- Description of each Action within the Step
- Process check for the Step, with resources to self-assess
Further, each Action chapter provides the following guides:
Process Tips ✔
A list of tips to guide you through the ‘Action’ your program is involved with within each step along the way.
These sections help you to check the planning, progress and events needed within each Action contained in the Step.
These sections help you to check for roadblocks and issues before they interrupt your progress.
Resources are placed throughout the book (handy checklists and videos). Refer to the book’s Appendix of Resources to find these all in one place.
Thank you to Julie Maier for her advice on technical and formatting matters with Pressbooks.