We are not retro-fitting: Integrating standards for quality holistic course design

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Abstract

The process of curriculum design in Higher Education has traditionally been done by focussing at the subject level with the requirement to integrate accreditation standards/professional requirements, and other sets of standards both external and internal to the institution. The challenge is to develop a framework for the inclusion of multiple standards which is holist, authentic and forward looking rather than a retro-fitting at the subject level.

This paper, presented as a case study, explores a framework for course design where attainment of standards can be interrogated through assessments tasks, subject design and development which meets the requirements of all stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventImproving University Teaching Conference 2018 - Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Australia
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018
http://www.iutconference.com/ (Conference website)
http://www.iutconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IUT-2018-Draft-Program-90.pdf (program)
http://www.iutconference.com/conference-program/
https://www.che.ac.za/sites/default/files/IUT_Poster%202018.pdf (Conference poster)

Conference

ConferenceImproving University Teaching Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleNew Spaces for Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for Innovative Teaching
CountryAustralia
CityPort Macquarie
Period27/06/1829/06/18
OtherThe International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT) invites you to join us for our 43rd annual forum, focused on the theme “New Spaces for Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for Innovative Teaching,” hosted by the Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, Australia. Each year the IUT Conference offers the opportunity for participants from across the globe to share practices, discoveries, and challenges in improving the effectiveness of postsecondary teaching and learning. The IUT Conference examines topics relevant to students, faculty, and staff in higher education as well as to representatives of business and organizations concerned with higher education.

The first IUT Conference was organized in 1975 in Heidelberg, Germany by Ben Massey of the University of Maryland system. Massey’s original aim was to stimulate discussion and improve the teaching skills of American university faculty and their European counterparts. Over time, the conference has grown in size and broadened its attendance to include participants from more than a dozen nations on six continents. After 27 years of guiding the conference, Massey retired in 2002. Jane Halonen of University of West Florida and Peter Seldin of Pace University succeeded him as co-directors of IUT. Their five years of collaborative leadership brought about renewal in the conference format and registration systems, and strong relationships with several universities around the globe.

In 2009, James Wilkinson of Harvard University and Todd Zakrajsek of the University of North Carolina succeeded Halonen and Seldin as co-directors. On their initiative IUT was chartered in 2011 as an independent, non-profit organization under United States law. The following year Wilkinson assumed sole responsibility as director and the Advisory Board was expanded to its current size of 13.

IUT is held in a different country each year. The conference emphasizes dialogue and sharing among participants through thought-provoking keynote addresses, interactive theme sessions, workshops, concurrent paper sessions, poster presentations, and a digital showcase. The small size of the conference helps to foster additional opportunities for informal exchange during the coffee breaks, lunches, and evening social events. Its expanding online presence promises to provide additional resources to the international teaching community throughout the year.
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