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Principles for designing a curriculum to develop and assure student learning outcomes

Lawson, R.J. (2013) Principles for designing a curriculum to develop and assure student learning outcomes. In: Teaching and Learning Experience Sharing (TALES) Workshop, 31 October 2013, Hong Kong Workshops, HKBU; HKUST; HKU; HKSY.


Quality in teaching and learning is a key issue in Higher Education in Australia. Therefore it is important for institutions to be able to make the expectations they have for their students explicit and then assure that these expectations have been achieved. The question is how do we ensure that these attributes get developed during degree programs and how can evidence that can lead to continuous improvement be captured. The initial focus to achieve this has to be reviewing the curriculum and assessment design to make sure a holistic, integrated, collaborative and maintainable approach is being adopted to foster these expectations throughout the program. This approach is a cultural change for some academics and so in conjunction with curriculum design, leadership strategies to support change must also be adopted. This work is funded as part of an Australian Government O¬ce for Learning and Teaching (OLT), National Teaching Fellowship.

This will be a “hands on” workshop where participants get opportunity to discuss current practice as well as identify areas for development in curriculum and assessment design. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their learning outcomes and course design to the workshop.

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