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Peppy about Program Design

“This isn’t the course building that I would normally do” was the Course Coordinator’s response to the first Program Enhancement Partnership (PEP) workshop at the University of Adelaide.

Program Enhancement Partnership activities commenced at the University with a series of pilot workshops in December 2017 and the first program off the block was the Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Visual Culture).

The initial step was to map the curriculum to ensure that there was constructive alignment throughout the program. Course learning outcomes were mapped to ensure that they aligned with program learning outcomes and the Graduate Attributes.

Learning analytics data was used to identify areas of previous student engagement. Learning analytics data also enabled a learning designer to review the existing composition of the cohort of students studying the program, and to reveal areas where past students may have experienced difficulties.

A Design Team was formed to work on the course redesign. The Design Team included the Program Coordinator, the Course Coordinator, a Learning Designer and a Research Librarian. In addition participation from current students within the program was encouraged. Students may be members of the Design Team itself, or, they can act as student validators who review the final course redesign.

Central to the Program Enhancement Partnership is the two day Carpe Diem Workshop. This method, devised by Professor Gilly Salmon, follows a six step process to course design. From blue printing, to storyboarding, and drafting learning activities, the workshop aims to actively involve all members of the design team. Ultimately an action plan for course development is produced.

Carpe Diem was used to develop the program’s new capstone course, Art History Research Project: Digital Curation. Bringing together a diverse team enabled course design to occur rapidly – within the first hour of the first day of the Carpe Diem workshop the course was already taking shape.

Course design and fun are not mutually exclusive activities. Indeed the Design Team had a fun-filled, highly productive, and memorable two days of intensive work. At the conclusion of the workshop the course had already been largely developed in MyUni and a number of new ways of delivering the course had been explored. Each member of the Design Team contributed something to the course design.

Other Program Enhancement Partnerships pilots were conducted with programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. Disciplines ranging from medicine to environmental engineering, journalism to linguistics, professional development to international politics having now undergone course and program redesign via the Program Enhancement Partnership.

          “To say I’m delighted with the outcome would be an understatement. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing this all to life. It’s tremendous to see everyone’s ideas compiled and actualised as activities that have clear links to the revised learning outcomes, and that should engage students both in class and outside.”
Kathryn Bowd, Journalism Major, Acting Head, Media Department

If you would like to work with a dynamic team of learning and teaching professionals to work holistically on program enhancement contact your Faculty Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) to nominate a Program  for a Program Enhancement Partnership.

Visit our initiatives website to download the Program Enhancement Partnerships information sheet.

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