curriculum design

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    Diversifying the Curriculum – recent developments and current projects at LSE

Diversifying the Curriculum – recent developments and current projects at LSE

In this post, Dr Colleen McKenna from the Teaching and Learning Centre reflects on recent conversations about diversifying aspects of the curriculum across the School.
These are outsiders, always. These stars—
these iron inklings of an Irish January,
whose light happened
thousands of years before
our pain did; they are, they have always been
outside history… (Eavan Boland ‘Outside History’ ll. 1-6)
A recurring motif in […]

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    Heresy of the Week 1: ‘Desirable difficulties’ in higher education

Heresy of the Week 1: ‘Desirable difficulties’ in higher education

In this, the first of our Heresy of the Week mini-series, Dr Ellis Saxey of LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre discusses Elizabeth Bjork’s and Robert Bjork’s work on ‘desirable difficulties’ and explains how making things hard for students – if the right things are chosen  – can be good for learning.

I’m experiencing a pedagogic quandary. Often, in my work […]

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Mapping the curriculum: experiences in Media and Communications

In the summer of 2012, LSE’s Department of Media and Communications used an award from the School’s Teaching and Learning Development Fund to map its teaching provision. Two PhD students employed to do the work created a number of different maps, visuals and tables that allowed staff to look across the department’s programmes and courses, identifying complementarity and overlap […]

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Resource of the week: constructive alignment

This week’s resource comes from the key contributor to educational research into course and curriculum design in UK higher education, Professor John Biggs. Since the late 1980s, Biggs has developed a practice called “constructive alignment”. This approach focuses on what students will learn on a course, and what they will be able to do with this learning; it is […]

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Resource of the week: developing and supporting the curriculum

Developing and Supporting the Curriculum is the current ‘theme’ in the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF). The video and briefing paper here consider the usefulness of thinking about the curriculum in three ways: the process of the curriculum in terms of teaching and learning approaches, the content of the curriculum, and the curriculum as a vehicle for bringing together an array of factors from raising […]

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