Transforming curriculum delivery through technology: Stories of challenge, benefit and change
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This publication presents the key achievements, lessons learnt and strategies developed by projects participating in the Transforming Curriculum Delivery Through Technology programme. Of particular note are the significant benefits from technology-enhanced delivery for learners, practitioners and institutions in further and higher education that were reported by the 15 project teams participating in the programme.
Outcomes from the Transforming Curriculum Delivery Through Technology programme provide a rich insight into the ways in which institutions and individual curriculum areas can make use of technology to respond more robustly to the demands of a changing world. The programme’s focus on challenges ensures its outcomes reflect the real-world issues faced by universities and colleges as they strive to deliver high-quality learning in difficult economic times.
The publication highlights three types of benefit from the work of the projects: efficiency gains leading to quality improvement, enhancement of learning and teaching and whole curriculum transformation.
Project teams responding to challenges in their local context such as poor attendance, retention and achievement explored a wide range of technologies in the search for appropriate technology-supported enhancements. Their approach was pragmatic and evidence-based, thus providing valuable insights for other institutions in further and higher education.
As evidenced by the project reports, technology-enhanced delivery may both improve the efficiency of institutional or curriculum processes and their quality. For example, developing online services and giving learners personalised access to their attendance and performance records not only yielded cost and time savings to the institution but also improved the quality of the interaction between the institution and its learners and extended the potential for high-quality learning opportunities.
Of key importance has been the sustainability of the outcomes. A significant number of projects have reported enduring change directly linked to their work – for example, the remodelling of entire curricula and the empowerment of students as agents of change.
The Design Studio, a dynamic, wiki-based toolkit, draws together a range of resources developed by the project teams to provide a rich source of ideas, guidance, reusable resources and evidence of impact arising from the Transforming Curriculum Delivery Through Technology programme. Find out more.
A more detailed synthesis of the outcomes of the Transforming curriculum delivery through technology programme, Curriculum innovation – pragmatic approaches to transforming learning and teaching through technologies, is also available online. Find out more
A partner publication Managing curriculum change, introduces the aims of the two parallel JISC programmes: the Transforming Curriculum Delivery through Technology programme and the Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme.