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2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

The Basic Map: Course Outlines

  • High quality course outlines are the foundations of quality syllabi, teaching, and learning. How can local curriculum committees ensure that the curriculum development and review process can minimize discussions about compliance and maximize discussions about quality instruction and student success?

  • Richard Mahon, Curriculum Committee, ASCCC

  • Kathy O’Connor, Santa Barbara City College

  • Pamela Watkins, LA Habor College, Curriculum Committee

  • Key References: The Course Outline of Record: A Curriculum Reference Guide (2008) & Stylistic Considerations in Writing Course Outlines of Record (1998)

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Authorities

  • Authorities governing curriculum:

  • Title 5 Regulations: aid or obstacle?

  • Accreditation Standards

  • Articulation Agreements

  • Types of Curriculum: (1) Credit, (2) noncredit, (3) contract ed, (4) community ed,

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Authorities

Academic Freedom: “In order to assure the academic integrity of the teaching-learning process, the institution uses and makes public governing board- adopted policies on academic freedom and responsibility, student academic honesty, and specific institutional beliefs or worldviews.” (ACCJC 2002 Standards II.A.7)

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Authorities

AAUP (partial): “Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subject, but they should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to their subject.[2] Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.[3].”

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Basic Questions

  • Fundamental questions about courses & programs:

  • Mission appropriate?

  • Basic Skills, CTE, Transfer

  • Meets need appropriate to college mission?

  • What is an “integrated” course outline?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Standards

Grading Policy • Units • Intensity

Prerequisites

Basic skills requirement

Difficulty

Level

Assignment to Discipline (see also later breakout session)

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Standards

Catalog Description (Long & Short)How often (and in what format) should a catalog be published?

Who provides Catalog Rights?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Objectives

Objectives? Student Learning Outcomes?

How many is enough? How many are too many?

Critical Thinking—is “knowledge enough”?

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Course Content/Topics

How many?

Creating Flexibility in CORs

Integration?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Methods of Instruction

Methods of Instruction:

Are checkboxes your friend?

Must all faculty use the same methods?

Integration?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Methods of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation

“Essays, Skills Demonstration, Problem Solving”

Must all faculty use the same methods?

Attendance?

Integration?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Sample Assignments

Sample Assignments:

Sample Essay Assignments

Sample Skills Demonstrations

Sample Problem Solving

Integration?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Texts

Required & representative texts

Must faculty use a text listed on the COR?

Open Educational Resources

Are there good reasons to impose text selection on faculty?

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


2010 asccc curriculum institute santa clara marriott july 8 10 2010

Course Outlines: Other Issues

Modes of Delivery (hybrid, online, etc.)

Academic Calendar & Class Size

Articulation Deadlines

Noncredit, contract & community ed

2010 ASCCC Curriculum Institute

Santa Clara Marriott • July 8-10, 2010


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