The Importance of Curriculum Design
What is Curriculum Design?
Curriculum design is the process of creating a structured educational program or plan of study. Designers specifically identify learning goals, objectives, and outcomes for a curriculum. once this is done, then the different components of the curriculum are organized and integrated. For example, this includes structuring learning program content, assessments, instructional methods, and resources, into a cohesive and effective program.
The Curriculum Design Purpose is Visionary
Curriculum design aligns learning programs to educational goals and standards. This process therefore plans the knowledge, skills, and experiences learners need to succeed in their future careers and lives.
Curriculum design involves different stages too. For example, needs assessment, content selection and organization, learning activities and assessments, and evaluation and revision. The curriculum designer also considers the diverse needs and abilities of the students to meet learning objectives within a specific time frame. Therefore the curriculum must be culturally responsive, inclusive, and accessible.
The curriculum design process is an ongoing one because educational goals, standards, and technologies change over time. Therefore there are constant curriculum updates and revisions to reflect these changes.
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Starting The Curriculum Design Process
Make Learning Programs Engaging and Empowering
I like to start the curriculum design process with brainstorming sessions that also include as many stakeholders as possible. When you get a professional to coordinate the session you can help ensure that it is effective. #JustSaying 😉
When developing a curriculum for a South African Quality Assurance qualification, start with these 5 simple steps.
Designing Specific Outcome Aligned Activities
Curriculum Design Process Flow Example
Below is a table illustrating a simple process for creating aligned learning program activities.
|Examples of Activities: Discussions, presentations, case studies, interviews, research, reports, relevant practical job-related tasks, etc.
|Activities can be individual, paired, group, or for a class.
|Establishing Prior Learning Activity
This activity unpacks what learners already know about a new section/topic/outcome. It is placed at the beginning of a section / new concept/beginning of training.
|– A set of discussion or reflection questions for learners to evaluate what they already know
– Use Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
Specific Outcomes Activity: This is an activity specifically designed to reinforce competency. One activity can fulfill a range of SOs. You know an activity is aligned when the assessment criteria fit seamlessly.
|Design activities to meet the assessment criteria for each specific outcome.
|Here is an example of a unit standard reflection template to better understand the process.
| Self-Assessment Activity:
Allow learners to evaluate themselves.
Create a rubric or checklist. The learner will perform a self-assessment.
|Learners score their progress and identify if there are any areas for improvement or further learning.
Must I submit a Curriculum for Learning Programme Approval and Accreditation?
Yes is the short answer! Whether you’re applying to the QCTO, a SETA or the Quality Council for Higher Education, you need a curriculum statement. The curriculum is also a useful marketing tool as it can provide copy for your marketing materials. If you need help be sure to contact me!