Curriculum Committee Breakouts
"Curriculum 101" was the theme of the Curriculum Committee's breakout at the Spring Session that focused on writing up or revising course outlines using the process of aligning course objectives, student assignments, and evaluation criteria. This breakout featured Diane Glow, San Diego Miramar College, walking the participants through the steps of reorganizing the way course outlines are written. In fact, this process substitutes check-off boxes for linkages of course objectives, how the students will achieve the educational objectives, and how the students will be evaluated to determine if the objectives have been met. How difficult will it be to change an existing course outline? Diane used an Economics course to show how most of the statements from the current check-off box course outline forms can be applied to this linked format. The same process could apply to any course.
Participants also received a quick synopsis of what is available on the Academic Senate Website when Beverly Shue passed out a handout on how to access the Academic Senate's website and navigate to the curriculum section to search for sample course outlines in specific disciplines. This latter process involves choices beyond typing in the discipline and can provide for selecting information dealing with General Education and transferability of courses. The address is: www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us.
Bob Stafford, Luz Argyriou and Jane Sneed shared information on articulation and transfer issues related to curriculum, challenges in the operation of the curriculum committee, and issues in transitional education and basic skills. These presenters will be available as resources when the Curriculum Institute is held on July 28, 29, and 30th at the Disneyland Pacifica Hotel. The emphasis of the Curriculum Institute will be on getting the job of writing and revising course outlines done and curriculum committees getting the course approval curriculum process.
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