Three perspectives on a collaborative, whole-of-program process of curriculum change: Aligning a Creative Arts program with Threshold Learning Outcomes

Sara Jeanne Hammer, Janet McDonald, Melissa Forbes


In this paper we reflect on a collaborative, process developed in an Australian university to support whole-of-program curriculum change. The aim of the change process is to enhance employment outcomes of Creative Arts students by aligning the curriculum with disciplinary Threshold Learning Outcomes. In this qualitative, case study the author-participants evaluate an emerging four-stage process of support for curriculum change and use reflective data from three perspectives: that of the academic developer, the head of program, and the discipline leader, to assess the usefulness of each stage and reflect about what each of us has learned. We conclude that key features of our process, such as its collaborative approach, have resulted in positive outcomes for participants. These include opportunities for situated learning, genuine ownership and deep engagement with the curriculum change process, including desired program outcomes, as well as reflective practice and a greater shared understanding.


Academic development, curriculum change, collaboration, employability, Threshold Learning Outcomes

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