Balancing consistency, flexibility and opportunity
A nationalised model of curriculum can be challenging to conceptualise and manage. Such a model must balance the advantages of uniformity from an administrative perspective with the advantages of providing unique and flexible learning experiences for students. These experiences can draw upon the unique features of disciplines, the unique attributes of academics within a specific physical, virtual or regulatory environment. Such flexibility has the potential to put students at the centre of their learning, by engaging them in enriching and meaningful learning experiences.
Achieving the appropriate balance between uniformity and specificity can be a challenging task. This challenge is exacerbated by the operational constraints of a national model. Even in courses where there is a high degree of consistency of approach and resources, the reality is that every learning experience is unique.
Your students, your unique context
Achieving the right ‘mix’ between more fixed and more dynamic and flexible elements of the curriculum at various levels requires collaboration and planning. Where the right balance is struck within a specific context, teachers have the opportunity to draw upon their unique expertise and stylistic preferences to bring curriculum to life and engage with students.
Working in national teams presents opportunities to collaborate. Taking a synergistic approach to learning and teaching can allow for local specifics to be situated within broader perspectives.
variances in local practices can allow for a comparative approach to be adopted
accreditation requirements can be adhered to whilst concurrently recognising broader principles
differing modes and environments (physical and virtual) can accommodate a balance of social experiences and flexibility for students
differing staff capacities and stylistic preferences can assist academics to see other perspectives and integrate these into their teaching practice
multiple campuses or differing modes may have specific resources to draw upon.
This resource aims to support academic staff in developing outcomes driven curricula that places the students at its centre. In doing so it is recognised that the operationally efficiency afforded by consistency at certain levels is also an imperative.
Principle 7: Excellent teaching is consistent, comparable and equitable in curricula delivery across the national university. Where as a national University operating across a number of states and jurisdictions, ACU understand the importance of consistent, comparable and equitable curriculum delivery, particularly in relations to the learning experience of the student. Learning and Teaching Policy.