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Friday, 22 November 2019

Curriculum Officers recognised with certificates

EMPOWERMENT: Some of the Curriculum Officers who participated in one of the three short courses offered by Fundani’s Curriculum Development Unit in collaboration with the Centre for Innovative Education Technology. EMPOWERMENT: Some of the Curriculum Officers who participated in one of the three short courses offered by Fundani’s Curriculum Development Unit in collaboration with the Centre for Innovative Education Technology.

The Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development awarded certificates to Curriculum Officers who participated in one of the three short courses offered in 2019 by the Centre’s Curriculum Development Unit in collaboration with the Centre for Innovative Education Technology (CIET) to support design teams in the development of new curricula.

The initiative is part of the Curriculum Officers Project which was under evaluation this year.

Fundani’s Barbara Jones said the one size fits all approach to learning and teaching is not effective and discussed the unit’s interventions to introduce a flexible learning design to staff development activities.

Dr Sharman Wickham, an external consultant in charge of the evaluation report, said the Curriculum Officers Project was a three-year project funded by the unit since 2017. Wickham added that in 2019 the forum presented a series of seminars, short training courses, offered both face to face and online, as well as workshops in departments.

She said findings of the project’s evaluation indicated that new knowledge was acquired and new understanding was developed in areas such as curriculum design, theories of learning and assessment.

“Problems or gaps in existing programmes have been recognised,” continued Wickham. “New capacity was built amongst the project’s participants.”

She added that the participants understood and appreciated the purpose, design and content of the short course. “Participants are learning a new field of curriculum studies and taking a new role of curriculum development.”

Wickham made recommendations included to, but not limited to, the following:

Participants need time to immerse themselves in the new knowledge so as to translate and tailor it for use in their own curriculum design process;          

The institution needs to enable participants to have time to work consistently and;

 Participants need to be encouraged to be bold and take risks in trying new ways to implement the new knowledge acquired through these training workshops.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.