Evaluation of curriculum

Curriculum Introduction Module

In this course, we will design a curriculum at the level of a Two-year or Community College. The curriculum does not have to be specifically designed for use in a community college, but the content as well as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes, the participants will have after successfully completing the curriculum will be of the level of sophistication and difficulty as that found in a 2-year College curriculum. While we think of traditional educational institutions when we think in terms of curriculum, many corporations have their training programs organized into the curriculum model. This is more common as the size of the organization increases. It is also seen more commonly in organizations that require their employees to have sophisticated skill sets.

It will be somewhat easier to create a curriculum for an education setting since that will be the most familiar to most class participants. For example, determining the credit hour equivalence for a curriculum based in business or industry is not always easy and there are very often no close examples that can be used for guidance.

For our class content and examples, we will be assuming that the curriculum will be one which would be found in a two-year technical program. The reasons for this is: to allow us to cover the subject in the broadest terms; so that regardless of what the individual participants’ curriculum choice are we will all be on the same page in the class activities and materials; and this will provide the most formal structure from an organizational standpoint – or to put it another way – all of the internal and external politics will be evident using this basis.

The major deliverable for this course will be a formal report that presents, explains, and defends with valid data the curriculum project that you are proposing.

Who will this report be for? I don't know – you tell me.

What type of report will it be and what is expected to be in the report? That is what you will be learning in this class. One thing you will find out in this class is that developing a curriculum is one thing, selling that curriculum and getting the project done is a whole other thing entirely. Often developing the curriculum is far easier than getting the curriculum accepted. Of course, you would not start developing the curriculum until the concept is accepted by the decision makers.