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Students at the Heart of Curriculum Development

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

On Tuesday 7th July, Advance HE held their Teaching and Learning Conference. Whilst much of the audience were academics and university professionals, I also attended and I have summarised some clear standout takeaways for the sector below.

  • It’s important to understand our students and building a rapport is critical in student engagement and helping to reduce the attainment gap

  • Inclusive teaching and a responsive curriculum are needed so that students feel that the content is a part of their learning not an afterthought or a bolt on

  • Academic role models help to motivate students and build a sense of belonging, with cultures and practices aligned to meaningful learning

  • We need to ensure priority of access to opportunities and students should have fun learning – some of the old ways of learning can cease

  • Core curricula activities should be embedded to help develop the skills required by employers, with assessments moving away from ‘memorising information’ and instead focusing on practical learning for the workplace and beyond

  • Inclusivity and new ways of designing and delivering the curriculum, together with student engagement should be institutional KPIs from the top down

Above all the message was clear – students should be at the heart of what we do. We have the opportunity to impact so many lives through learning. Let’s do it!

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By Tonia Galati, TG Consulting Director & Founder

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