The Supporting Responsive Curricula Project is one of 12 Projects that JISC funded under its Curriculum Design Call. Details of the other projects can be found on the Curriculum Design Programme Page. The Project started in September 2008 and will run for 3 years and 9 months.
The project is best understood in terms of its three main challenges, as represented by the orange triangle below. It shows that the projectâ€™s first task is to define the needs of employers and professional bodies in terms of competences. Secondly, the project will examine MMU’s internal review and modification processes in an attempt to improve and speed-up the process of modifying and creating courses and units. Thirdly, the project will support students in showcasing the competences associated with the units they are studying in order to publish them electronically for employers and professional bodies to view. In summary, the project completes a loop that starts by defining employers needs, improves the way the University responds to those needs in terms of rapid provision and then allows students to demonstrate the competences that they have acquired as a consequence of their studies.
The project will focus on four subject areas:
It will define a competence framework to represent the competences required by different subject areas.
It will modify its internal academic database to allow definition of courses and units in terms of competences, so that staff can search for units that meet particular needs and students can identify the competences they should be acquiring on a particular part of their course.
The course will link PebblePad to its academic database to allow students to produce e-portfolios that map onto the identified competences.