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Evaluate the Curriculum

You might want to review the curriculum because
  • Students aren't achieving
  • Students are expressing dissatisfaction
  • Professional expectations are changing
  • The student market is changing
  • Resources (including accommodation, time and staff) are changing

Methods and Tools

  • Student Feedback: When using student feedback to evaluate your curriculum it is important to be clear what kind of information you want and therefore how you elicit it.
  • Action Research: This page describes Action Research (AR). AR is rigorous educational or sociological research. It usually yields information specific to given contexts or people and is useful for continuing professional, teaching or curriculum development.
  • Focus Groups: These are an effective way of establishing valid and eliable qualitative data in respect of groups, if conducted rigourously.
  • Performance: This page suggests ways of using cohort data - typically recruitment, retention and results, and career destinations - for planning and improving academic practice
  • Peer Review: Here are suggested protocols, inventories and templates for effective peer observation of teaching

Examples of how we have worked with departments on curriculum review

The Curriculum