Curriculum (Re)Development ‘On the Job’ in Higher Education: Benefits of a Collaborative and Iterative Framework Supporting Educational Innovation

International Journal of Innovation in Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 35-50, 2009

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-01

17 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2010

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Tony Foley

ANU College of Law

Aliya Steed

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Chris Trevitt

Australian National University (ANU)

Abstract

This paper concerns curriculum development for online learning in a commercial law course using a process of sustained action-research. We identify and discuss four main characteristics in this process: a need to respond to an external requirement for change (i.e. going online): one or two key guiding teaching and learning principles; an incremental, flexible timeline over three consecutive iterations; a collaborative, supportive partnership between educators and educational consultants . There were two levels of action: learning what was required for curriculum redevelopment and learning about the process of supporting educational development itself. Substantive outcomes included the: sustained adoption of the practices of active learning and curriculum alignment; conceptual development of discussion as a learning tool; acceptance of the fundamental value and practical role in developing purposeful reflection provided by a ‘critical friend.’

Keywords: Curriculum Development, Change Management, Educational Change, Online Learning, Continuing Professional Learning, Action Research

Suggested Citation

Foley, Tony and Steed, Aliya and Trevitt, Chris, Curriculum (Re)Development ‘On the Job’ in Higher Education: Benefits of a Collaborative and Iterative Framework Supporting Educational Innovation. International Journal of Innovation in Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 35-50, 2009, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1531911

Tony Foley (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

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Aliya Steed

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Chris Trevitt

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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