Designing an engaging first year curriculum
Designing an engaging first year curriculum, with Sebastian Doeltgen and Sarahlouise White
The discipline of Speech Pathology is undertaking a redevelopment of the Anatomy and Physiology curriculum of their Bachelor and Masters courses. Project leads Sarahlouise White and Sebastian Doeltgen have tailored a topic that combines backwards by design pedagogy, flipped classroom resources and speech pathology specific learning experiences to offer students a relevant and engaging learning experience. They have created a series of learning modules that students progress through during the topic. Each module can be taught as stand-alone and can therefore transfer to other topics within their program, both within the same year and across year levels. The objectives of this redevelopment project are to ensure that the topic’s learning objectives are consistent with accreditation standards and the overall course objectives, to provide scaffolding for cohorts who have a wide diversity of knowledge in this area and to develop authentic assessments to encourage deep and creative learning. These objectives are achieved by clearly and consistently communicating learning objectives, providing multi-modal and relevant learning resources and creating a variety of assessment methods that encourage deep learning.