Written by the CA Project Team
The Macquarie Theatre was packed to overflowing on Tuesday 17 July when an all-staff Town Hall was held to report on the Curriculum Architecture Project. Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton opened the event, reminding colleagues of the motivations and time sensitivities underlying the project and the importance of seeing the renewal as a process that affirms students are at the centre of the project’s efforts. He was followed by Professor Mariella Herberstein (Chair of Academic Senate) and Professor Sean Brawley (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Programs and Pathways) who unpacked the survey feedback received about the draft principles, and how they have been revised as a result of the consultation process. They concluded by explaining how the principles have been endorsed by ASQC and how Senate will consider the policy derived from the principles next week. Professor Kevin Jameson (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic) rounded off the event by addressing some of the live audience questions and noting that any questions not addressed at that time would be covered in this Teche post (a PDF with questions answered is linked below).
View the recording of the Curriculum Architecture Town Hall (Login to Office365 required)
View Undergraduate Curriculum Architecture Principles (Final Working Paper Draft, with revisions) [PDF, 1.1MB] (Principles Only version, easier to navigate)
We would like to invite the MQ community to propose names for the following:
Name our Micro COURSE
In our disrupted age employers and employees alike are well aware of the need to seek out new learning opportunities. One recent development in this space has been the growth in microcredentials through the completion of a single micro unit or a micro course. The new principles see MQ commencing a new and exciting engagement in this learning space. In preparation we need to come up with a name for our 20cp Postgraduate micro courses.
A note for entrants – due Australian Qualifications Framework Requirements, if your entry contains the word ‘Master’ it can only be considered for a chance to win if it appears as one-word e.g. MicroMasters not Micro Masters. At this stage, Macquarie will only be offering microcredentials courses at postgraduate level.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 August for your chance to win a $250 Macquarie Centre voucher.
Name our Student Management Program
What do we call the new Student Management Program? The Student Management Program comprises a number of projects designed to improve the way we manage student and curriculum administration within the University. For curriculum, this includes the way the University governs, maintains and publishes our curriculum; as well as the way students engage with our curriculum. For student administration, this covers the end-to-end student journey from enrolment all the way through to progression/graduation.
The program specifically includes the selection and implementation of a new Curriculum Management System (CMS) and a new Student Management System (SMS) which will replace our existing Webforms and AMIS systems. The program also includes the modernisation of business processes and practices to offer a greatly improved experience for both staff and students.
A note for entrants – ideally, the program name should be one word and easy to pronounce.
Send submissions to email@example.com by 3 August for your chance to win a $250 Macquarie Centre voucher. Winners will be announced 10 August.
Your Questions Answered
We received 92 responses through POLLEV during the Curriculum Architecture Town Hall Meeting. We’ve de-identified the questions in the interests of privacy, combined similarly worded questions, and arranged them by topic.