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Design Stream Sessions

 

Key principles of curriculum and assessment design

This workshop explores some of the most useful principles and frameworks for effective course and assessment design. Concepts and approaches discussed during the workshop include: Constructive alignment; Backwards design; and assessment basics. The workshop would be relevant to anyone involved in new course design as well as in reviewing existing courses.


Designing rubrics

Rubrics have the potential to be a powerful teaching and learning tool focussing students on what they need to learn. However, a poorly designed rubric can have the opposite effect acting to obscure learning and in some cases even disincentivise students who seek excellence. This active workshop will explore a number of rubrics and rubric designs to demonstrate the elements of effective rubric designs.


Curriculum mapping

Curriculum mapping has assumed a strategic importance in Higher Education institutions as a means of assuring the quality of learning outcomes and their achievement in programs, courses and assessments. In this 1-hour, introductory workshop we will provide a brief overview of the multiple purposes, audiences and approaches to mapping - not only as a means of quality assurance for federal government and accreditation panels, but as a means of communication between staff, between staff and administration, and between staff and students  – and as a means of informing curriculum change at the course and program level.


Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) recognises that different parts of the brain work together differently, and no two brains are alike. Fortunately, UDL provides a clear, easy to follow framework on how to design to cater for the greatest range of ability and contexts possible. In this session, we’ll first explore the theory of UDL, then work together to strategise how to put that theory into practice in your courses. You’ll come away with easy to implement techniques and strategies as well as with easy to use resources to design courses, learning activities and content to help you tap into learner motivation, provide multiple pathways into content and set your learners up for success. Come prepared with at least one challenge from one of your courses you’d like to address and brainstorm solutions with your UniSA colleagues using UDL.


Assessment Essentials

This workshop will explore fundamental concepts influencing assessment practice including purposes of assessment, and the idea of constructive alignment (of learning outcomes, learning opportunities and assessment). Participants will have the opportunity to discuss examples of good practice and to practice assessment design.


Scaffolding language and literacies in curriculum

Communication skills play a significant role in every aspect of a student’s life. Our students may not be able to communicate the content they learn if they do not have the required communication skills. Students may also not secure placements if they are not able to communicate proficiently with the different stakeholders at the placement site. Employers will not hire graduates who are not able to communicate effectively. Content and communication are not distinct. This workshop highlights the importance of mapping communication skills at program level, enables participants to reflect on their current practices and share experiences about the strengths and limitations of existing practices with regards to communication skills development.


Mapping communication skills at program level

Communication skills play a significant role in every aspect of our a student’s life. Our students may not be able to communicate the content they learn if they do not have the required communication skills. Students may also not secure placements if they are not able to communicate proficiently with the different stakeholders at the placement site. Employers will not hire graduates who are not able to communicate effectively. Content and communication are not distinct. This workshop highlights the importance of mapping communication skills at program level, enables participants to reflect on their current practices and share experiences about the strengths and limitations of existing practices with regards to communication skills development.