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Course Design Intensives

Curriculum renewal at Victoria University, Melbourne

Greg Benfield has been appointed a Visiting Fellow at Victoria University (VU), Melbourne, to help embed the CDI process into the methodology for its curriculum renewal project 2013-14.

Victoria University is a very large (over 50000 students), culturally diverse Australian university located in the inner west of Melbourne, one of five Australian multi-sector universities offering both vocational education (further education) and higher education courses.

Greg visited VU for four weeks in Nov/Dec 2012 to demonstrate the CDI process. An OCSLD blog post here describes his visit in more detail. Victoria University launched its Agenda and Blueprint for Curriculum Reform: Capabilities for the Future in November. It is an ambitious plan for renewing all courses around the theme of Graduate capabilities for the future. The VU Pro-VC Learning and Teaching, Prof Margaret Mazzolini, identified CDIs as an ideal way to support this curriculum development process, which is intended to develop collaborative learning and teaching approaches throughout the university.

Greg is returning to VU for two three-week visits in 2013 to help the VU Centre for Collaborative Learning and Teaching (CCLT) embed the CDI process -- to be known locally as Curriculum Design Intensives to align with the VU Curriculum renewal blueprint -- into the curriculum renewal project and mentor CCLT staff. In March the renewal process kicks off with the VU College of Business (pictured right in central Melbourne) leading the redesign of its courses.

VU CDI samples

(Published with VU permission)

Images from Nov/Dec 2012 'demonstration' | Open image gallery
VU College of Business CDI Day 1 schedule | download pdf
VU CDI Resources pack (College of Business) | download pdf

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