About this guide
The theme for the conference is Curriculum Transformation. Effective curriculum transformation is seen to optimise the curriculum as a framework for student learning and experience rather than as simply an organising framework for disciplinary knowledge. It puts quality at the centre of this process and ensures support for staff in curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.
The planning committee has endeavoured to capture the different drivers and challenges for curriculum transformation under four sub-themes. The points under each sub-theme provide guidance of possible research topics for you to address but we encourage you to interpret the theme as it best suits your context.
Curriculum Transformation Drivers
- Exploring the impact of current higher education climate both nationally and internationally on curriculum innovation and management;
- Ensuring regulatory requirements (for example, the Higher Education Standards Framework) are being met.
- Exploring the future of curriculum transformation under government legislation and professional standards
- Ensuring workforce capacity, capability and working patterns are aligned with change and innovation;
- Supporting staff to adjust and develop their course development, delivery and assessment practices by a flexible, fit-for-purpose Continuing Professional Development offer;
- Continually improving practice through evaluation, including the adoption of learning analytics;
- Building services for maximum educational advantage.
- Transforming current good practice into systematically applied subject and course design principles exploring:
- what we teach,
- how we teach,
- how we assess learning and support students
- Embracing students as changes agents, creating opportunities for students to provide the initiative, work alongside key institution stakeholders and lead change
New to the HERDSA 2017 Conference is the introduction of three ongoing streams throughout the conference program led by international experts. Discussing the challenges that we face in curriculum transformation and the potential future solutions, these streams will include:
- Whole of institutional transformation;
- Embedding employability into curriculum transformation to create career ready graduates;
- Harnessing the student voice by fostering students as change agents.
We hope you can join us for HERDSA 2017, to network with colleagues, forge new collaborations and share and gain new insights into higher education as well as to enjoy the delights of Darling Harbour and the many attractions that Sydney and its surrounds have to offer.
HERDSA acknowledges the Eora people as the Traditional Owners of the land upon which this conference will be held and pays respect to elders past, present, and future.