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Implementing Systematic Curriculum Renewal. Professor Jeff Giddings Griffith Law School Brisbane Australia. Introduction. Systematic Curriculum Renewal The process is important but … Implementation is the hardest part What to expect Reflections. Griffith Curriculum Review – Process.

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implementing systematic curriculum renewal

Implementing Systematic Curriculum Renewal

Professor Jeff Giddings

Griffith Law School

Brisbane Australia

introduction
Introduction

Systematic Curriculum Renewal

  • The process is important but …
  • Implementation is the hardest part
  • What to expect
  • Reflections
griffith curriculum review process
Griffith Curriculum Review – Process
  • Conducted over 18 months
  • Substantial committee – choose carefully
  • Consultative approach
  • Focus on limiting workloads where possible
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Griffith Curriculum Review – Process
  • Consultations with students
  • Consultations with members of the profession
implementing the review
Implementing the Review

4 year process plus evaluation

  • ‘How did you get your colleagues to agree?’
  • Genuine consultation, feedback opportunities
  • Public support of the Dean is critical
  • Facilitation & mediation experience very helpful
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Implementing the Review

4 year process plus evaluation

  • Creating & maintaining momentum – reaching the tipping point
  • University endorsement
  • Professional accreditation
  • You need to keep your Committee going
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Implementing the Review

4 year process plus evaluation

  • Transition arrangements
    • Multi-cohort courses – there will be bumps
    • Get with the program!
  • Every team needs a pedant & an obsessive
  • University support & resources
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Implementing the Review

4 year process plus evaluation

  • Evaluation strategy – see Implementation Report 2007 on your Conference USB
  • Vertical subject assessment
  • The hardest part of the process
reflecting on curriculum renewal
Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Need leadership continuity
    • Dean
    • Committee
    • Administrative staff
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Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • Share the credit around – acknowledge supportive colleagues wherever possible
  • Build on & nurture what’s already working well
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Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • Respond to all feedback
  • Work to persuade the sceptics
  • Focus on the home front -
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Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • Plan on ‘Hitting the Wall’
  • Value in staying ahead of the field
  • Accept it wont all be perfect on Day One
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Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • University valuing innovation but also moving on to other priorities
  • Change is uncomfortable
  • Forced change likely to be much worse
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Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • Relationship of core & elective programs
    • Sequencing is very important
  • Assessment issues
    • Overassessment concerns – both students & staff
    • Student numbers
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Reflecting on Curriculum Renewal
  • Skills teaching - a key issue to address
    • Likely area of staff resistance
    • Need academic staff with expertise – often law schools don’t value such staff
    • Time-consuming but very important
    • A loose fit rather than a straight-jacket
systematic curriculum review
Systematic Curriculum Review

An ongoing process

  • Life sentence or life cycle?
  • We are happy to talk further
  • Professor Jeff Giddings
  • J.Giddings@griffith.edu.au