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Teaching Matters 2018 | Presentation Details | 2018


The Course and Unit Builder Design: What's coming


Tony Carew, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching
Beale Gurney, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching
Luke Padgett, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching
Stephen Linquist, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching
Rachael Phegan, College of Sciences and Engineering


Excellent teaching happens by design

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Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre Foyer




The Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT) is developing software that will support the multi-disciplinary design of high-quality Higher Education curriculum. The Course and Unit Builder (CUB) will serve as an enabler for improving the relevance, quality and efficiency of curriculum at the University of Tasmania and more broadly across the Australian higher education sector.

The CUB will facilitate collaborative curriculum design by guiding staff through a series of flexible processes. The software is being developed for designers of curriculum with any level of experience. New developers will benefit by visualising constructive alignment and content sequencing. Experienced teachers who need support in designing curriculum may design their offerings using flexible templates, non-linear processes and discretionary guidance. Highly experienced curriculum designers may appreciate the collaborative opportunities the tool affords, and the business tools for calculating indicative time and financial resourcing.

The web application particularly emphasises curriculum design as a process, rather than as a repository for retrospective documentation. It is intended to be integrated into the design process by providing a facility for capturing and sharing information, which is contextualised by timely and practical guidance.

This poster will outline the catalyst for the development of the CUB web application and will showcase features that are designed to address the need for curriculum quality, rapid collaborative development, and teaching efficiencies. Features include a CLO–ILO designer, a unit sequence timeline, and a mechanism for estimating activity-based costings.

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