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Curriculum Renewal ReportReport Link: http://www.olt.gov.au/resource-curriculum-renewal-2011
Context and eResource DevelopmentThis report serves as an overview of the work funded by the ALTC in the area of curriculum renewal in higher education, making recommendations for future work in the area. At the time of writing the report, the ALTC has funded 40 completed projects and seven fellowships in this area. These are from various discipline areas such as biology, physics, chemistry, maths, histology, pharmacology, studio arts, music, teacher education, construction, computer science, ICT, new media, engineering, health, occupational therapy, philosophy, sociology, social work, psychology, and veterinary science. The outcomes of each are summarised in this report, along with a comprehensive literature review of published national and international research and practice in the areas of curriculum renewal in higher education (up to 2011).
OutcomesThe projects, fellowships and literature included in this report suggest some much-needed changes for higher education in Australia. They are as follows:
- Creating clear and accessible career pathways for students during their higher education journey.
- Clearly articulating threshold graduate attributes or outcomes.
- Aligning education pathways to meet national and international industry needs.
- Emphasising the interdisciplinary, intercultural, and global nature of modern knowledge.
- Empowering graduates for real-world work and life environments.
- Equipping and developing staff to use and incorporate technology tools within the curriculum in a creative manner.
- Recognising the emerging needs and different learning styles of our increasingly diverse and international student cohort.
Sylvia’s career has focused on innovation in higher education and for 6 of the past 8 years Sylvia worked in executive roles leading faculty reorganisation to facilitate significant change in one university. She now works in the higher education sector as a consultant, mentor, advisor, and coach. A recipient of a prestigious Australian Award for University Teaching in 2006, Sylvia has received numerous QUT teaching performance and leadership awards.
Her research contributions include the development of The Net Lenses model: a relational model of students’ internet searching experiences, the co-development of the Six Frames for Information Literacy Education (Bruce, Edwards & Lupton, 2006), and the Reflective Model for Internet Searching (Edwards & Bruce, 2002). Her areas of expertise include: higher education leadership, T&L leadership, change management, curriculum renewal, coaching, and human information behaviour, information searching, phenomenography and variation theory. She has published over 50 refereed publications and delivered over 40 academic and industry presentations.
- QUT ePrints: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/view/person/Edwards,_Sylvia.html
- LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/pub/sylvia-edwards/12/b59/582/