Digital Cultures and a New Curriculum

The ‘official curriculum’ is central in shaping the work we do as teachers.  Presently ‘official curriculum’ in Australia is undergoing a significant ‘makeover’ in an attempt to create an approach to education that can respond to what scholars refer to as ‘new times’ (Yates & Collins, 2010).   The hopes for a ‘curriculum for the 21st century’ are inextricably linked to governmental economic and social imperatives.   Following this then, questions are raised in relation to:

  1. what are the hopes for the ‘new curriculum’?
  2. what are the various reasons that underpin such hopes?
  3. how are such hopes influencing curriculum development and pedagogy? 
  4. how can the individual teacher respond at classroom planning level?

I attempt to answer them in the following essay:

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Task:
Read Chapman, D and Nicolet, T (2003) Using the project approach to online course management at http://technologysource.org/article/using_the_project_approach_to_online_course_development/ and Van Rooij, S. W. (2010). Project management in instructional design: ADDIE is not enough. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(5), 852-864.

On your blog answer one or more of the following questions:

  1. What experience have you had personally in managing instructional design and development projects?
  2. What have you learnt that would have, or will, assist you in your management processes?

1. As I am a primary teacher and not teaching in the VET or Adult teaching area I generally plan units of work currently by myself as I deliver learning projects to students incorporating creative technological approaches in three separate schools.  One project that is growing is a unit connected to UNICEF and incorporates virtual world technology. This could probably be considered an example of a project design as I had to run it past my Principal, accommodate the EAL/D teacher, and allow for the teacher aide. It is a fantastic project that is morphing weekly as changes and tweaking occur. I think however, that it is successful because I initially planned well and therefore further rich experiences have been fostered.

Linking to Chapman and Nicolet (2003) I did use in its construction a template (Program Builder) for the unit plan, I am the project leader and record the lesson sequences/changes/adaptions in the registration column and date them ‘to track changes’. I constantly discuss and reflect with the EAL/D teacher and Aide as I believe this is critical to creating cohesiveness and clarity when running a project of this nature. There has to be ownership of all parties.

Click on the Youblisher e-books below to view unit and building criteria:
UNICEF School Design Project UNICEF School Project Building Criteria

2. I have learnt throughout this unit that good planning strategies are critical and you must always reflect/evaluate and modify. Project management skills, as stressed by van Rooij (2010), are also key in enabling the learner to complete a project successfully within a set time frame. I expect skills in this area will develop as I begin to work collaboratively with my colleagues to plan and implement learning endeavours for the future.
Reference:

Chapman, D and Nicolet, T (2003) Using the project approach to online course management at http://technologysource.org/article/using_the_project_approach_to_online_course_development/

van Rooij, S. W. (2010). Project management in instructional design: ADDIE is not enough. [Article]. British Journal of Educational Technology, 41(5), 852-864. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2009.00982.x