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    Participatory mechanisms for reviewing and redesigning curricula with students

    Marder, Ian D. and Vaugh, Trevor and Dempsey, Shauna and Kenny, Catriona and Savage, Erika and Weiner, Ruairí (2020) Participatory mechanisms for reviewing and redesigning curricula with students. Team Teaching and Learning Fellowships.

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    Research from a range of sectors indicates the benefits of enabling user participation in service design. In universities, however, questions remain about the usual mechanisms used to obtain student feedback in relation to the quality and utility of the data obtained, the extent to which students participate in feedback processes or experience these as meaningful, and whether academics are willing to revise their teaching based on feedback. This project piloted participatory mechanisms of involving students in the review and redesign of a module. It used processes from the fields of restorative practice and design thinking to enable dialogue and partnership between students and the lecturer on an undergraduate module, LW380 Victimology, after its initial delivery. It was found that restorative and design processes were attractive to students as methods of providing feedback. It enabled them to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the module and teaching approach in a sophisticated manner, and to participate in co-creating practical and transferrable ways to meet future students’ needs. The benefits for the lecturer were vast, supporting their efforts to design educational and supportive materials and activities, to empathise with students, and to reflect on their teaching practices, as well as opening new avenues for pedagogical learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Participatory; mechanisms; reviewing; redesigning; curricula; students;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Design Innovation
    Item ID: 16698
    Depositing User: Trevor Vaugh
    Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2022 15:44
    Journal or Publication Title: Team Teaching and Learning Fellowships
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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