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The Curriculum Renewal Cocktail- Stirred not Shaken?. Chris Evans CAFAD November 2011. Overview. Some general thoughts about what is required for curriculum renewal A case study that is on my current “to do” list. Curriculum Cocktail- Key Ingredients. Something new

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  • Some general thoughts about what is required for curriculum renewal

  • A case study that is on my current “to do” list

Curriculum cocktail key ingredients
Curriculum Cocktail- Key Ingredients

  • Something new

  • Curricular Coherence: DLEs analysis.

  • Quality of content

  • Academic credibility.

  • Quality of student experience/ Serve students’ needs.

  • Serve society’s needs.

  • Alignment with institutional goals.

  • Evolution or Revolution?

  • Resources/Costing: A new funding allocation model.

  • Buy-In: top-down vs grassroots?

Case study the digital media zone in undergrad curriculum
Case Study: The Digital Media Zone in Undergrad Curriculum

  • Universities want/need to contribute to economic and cultural prosperity

  • Students want

    • Career-focused education

    • To have access to co-curricular activities

    • To do be creative in their curriculum

    • To express their own innovative ideas

    • To build their own things

Ryerson s response
Ryerson’s Response

  • Faculty


  • Undergraduate students

  • Graduate students

Research (Curiosity-driven and applied)

Entrepreneurial thinking

The digital media zone dmz
The Digital Media Zone (DMZ)

The DMZ is designed to help take any digitally-inspired concept and make it real - whether the idea is part of a project or event, or a marketable product or service, or a business plan.

The zone model
The Zone Model






and Professional Programs

New Ventures and



Connecting the dmz and undergraduate curriculum
Connecting the DMZ and Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Specialization Semester in Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    • A re-imagining of co-op/approach to experiential learning

    • Open to undergraduates from any program who meet admission requirements

    • External to programs

    • Separate credential- “Zone Semester” on transcript

The project
The Project

  • Balancing the free form of DMZ activity with the need for academic evaluation:

    • Unstructured or project managed? If unstructured, what is evaluated?

      • A business model/plan upon admission + a “reflection piece” at the end?

      • Development of a business model? Building an effective team?

      • Something else?

      • Who does the evaluation?