CLA Curriculum Review 2014-2015

CLA Curriculum Review
Process Overview
 Fall 2014: Review the Curriculum
 November 3 Deadline
 Submit Recommendations for Curriculum Revision to the Office of the
 Spring 2015: Revise the Curriculum
 March 2 Deadline
 Submit Course Revisions and Proposals to the Undergraduate
Curriculum Committee and Office of the Dean
Role of the Richard Wright Center
 Curriculum review and revision is a process, one that
requires looking backward as we plan to move forward.
 Some of you have experience with curriculum review, some
do not, and some of you are somewhere in between.
 Our role is to support you, wherever you are, as you go
through the process:
 Who we are
 Kathi Griffin, Director & Tatiana Glushko, Coordinator
 What we do
 Facilitate discussions, seek resources, and offer feedback
Agenda for today:
Plan the Process as a Department
 Review Handouts: Identify where you are in the process – just
beginning or somewhere along the way
 Define the mission of your department: Do you have one?
 If so, is it accurate, complete, and aligned with the CLA & University
 If not, you will need a team to draft one.
 Create teams to meet benchmarks for Sept. 18 CLA meeting
 Complete List of Teams worksheet– to turn in at the end of the meeting
Assign team leaders, recorders, and reporters
Assign “Champions” on each team to attend to important issues (see
ideas on worksheet)
Assign each team a task (see ideas on worksheet - Gather Information
from aspirant programs, from cohort programs, etc.)
o Complete the Survey and turn it in before you leave
o Sign up for Conversation on “Critical Thinking”
In Your Department
 Ask General Questions
 What do we do well? What are our strengths?
 What do we do that we should not do?
 What should we do that we are not doing?
 What do we do that we can do better?
 Report findings to each other
 What do others do? How do they do it? Etc.
 Ask Specific Questions
 What do we want our graduates to know?
 What skills do we want our graduates to master?
o See handouts: LEAP Goals and Bloom’s Taxonomy Grid & Verbs
 What makes us distinctive?
Articulate Program Goals & Objectives
– to be presented at the Sept. 18 CLA Meeting
 Goals flow from the Mission Statement
 They describe the knowledge and skills expected of graduates.
 Strategy: Identify 3-5 goals to help you write Overall Objectives
 Broad statements of meaningful expectations
 Achievable through experience in program
 Assessable through related objectives
 Objectives are brief, clear statements of learning outcomes
 Written in action words (see Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs)
 Specify observable behavior in simple language
 Measurable
 Articulate Objectives for all undergraduate programs
Majors – Minors – Concentrations
CLA Meeting in September
 Report: Share Mission & Overall Objectives
 Plan to Review the Catalog
 Identify mechanism to help map courses
 Courses that “introduce” information & skills
 Courses that help students “practice” using information & skills
 Courses that help “reinforce” knowledge & skills
 Address Overall Objectives using Bloom’s Taxonomy
For October: Review the Catalog
 Using your Overall Objectives, review each course:
 Should we keep the course?
 Should we keep it with “revision”?
 Should we “archive” the number for future consideration?
 Should we delete the course altogether?
Record Your Process
 Record your decision about each course in a brief rationale
(1-3 sentences)
 What is the purpose for each course?
 How does it fit in the overall taxonomy of the Major? Minor?
 Note ideas for Overall Assessment – will be useful in Spring
 How will we measure student success?
 How will we measure our teaching effectiveness?
 Resource: Planning and Assessment Department
 Dr. McClung & Arnitra Hunter (x0203)
Map Out Your Curriculum
 Sequence & Scaffold courses to help students learn, hone,
and master skills to meet Overall Objectives
 See Tools for Using Bloom’s Taxonomy (grid in handouts)
 Identify Gaps in Content coverage and/or Skill development
 What course[s] do we need to add? And why?
 Do we need a new faculty line to meet our overall objectives?
After October CLA Meeting:
Write Up Your Recommendations
 Oct. 16, a template will be provided for submitting
 November 3 Deadline
 Submit Recommendations for Curriculum Revision to the Office of the
Before you leave today
 Please turn in your Team Worksheets
 Please complete the survey before you leave to help us provide
meaningful support
 Please sign up for the Interdisciplinary Conversation on Critical
 If you think of something after you leave – today, tomorrow, next
week, or next month – PLEASE let us know!
 [email protected][email protected]
Quote from
“Teaching the Mind Good Habits”
 Professors may assume that their students are stupid or suffer from a
learning disability. Often the truth is much simpler: No one has ever
bothered to teach them some basic but powerful skills of
interpretation. As teachers, we need to remember what the world
looked like before we learned our discipline's ways of seeing it.We
need to show our students the patient and painstaking processes by
which we achieved expertise. Only by making our footsteps visible
can we expect students to follow in them.
• Sam Wineburg, Professor of Education, Stanford University

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