Quality curriculum comes from a thoughtful evaluation of student learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and delivery options. Backwards design is one process that can be utilized to develop curriculum. This resource page covers guiding principles of quality curriculum as well as information on developing learning outcomes.
Guiding principles for quality curriculum
A student’s education is a holistic journey that encompasses in-class and out-of-class experiences. A great curriculum acknowledges and fosters these connections as we prepare students to meet their goals.
Curriculum at UFV is:
- reflective of our identity and strategic priorities as expressed in the UFV 2021-2026 Integrated Strategic Plan
- intentional, in that it is designed with care to meet the criteria listed below; and
- continually improving and adapting to changing contexts.
Principles of a quality curriculum
- Outcome-driven, aligned, and intentionally designed to achieve its purpose.
- Rigorous, meeting credential-level standards recognized by the Ministry, by professions, industry, and by academic communities, and striving for excellence.
- Current, relevant, and forward-looking.
- Connected to civic and personal obligations and growth as central to learning.
- Flexible — It provides varied modes of delivery, recognition of prior and alternative learning experiences, and multiple program pathways.
- Inclusive — It respects and honours people’s differing backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and identities as a foundation and support for each student’s success. It is in compliance with human rights legislation and reflects UFV’s commitment to internationalization, Indigenization, and access.
Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)
The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is offered to groups of five or six colleagues and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the workshop, you design and conduct three "mini-lessons" and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, you are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning. The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one's teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson.
This workshop runs as needed. Use the form below to let us know you're interested, and you'll receive an email when the workshop is scheduled.
Workshop request form
Following successful offerings of the CRDI workshop in short 2-week timeframes, the Course (Re)Design Intensive has been reimagined to be offered throughout the Fall 2023 semester.
If you are a UFV faculty member designing a new course or are redesigning a course for its six-year UEC review? Then this professional learning opportunity is designed for you. The Teaching and Learning Centre is offering a Course (Re)Design Intensive throughout the Fall 2023 semester that will provide you with the tools to engage effectively in the course design (or redesign) process. You will learn concrete curriculum development principles to think critically about your course outcomes, assessment, content, and activities from an Indigenized perspective that uses the 5R’s of relationships, respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility as a framework. By the end of the workshop, participants will develop a robust course framework that will allow you to take your ideas and move them into the classroom. This intensive will be offered in a hybrid format combining two in-person sessions and two synchronous Zoom session, with asynchronous learning through Blackboard Learn. This is a hands-on program where participants will complete activities designed to develop course curriculum in an intensive and organized way resulting in UFV’s course development documentation and/or a new course syllabus.
Sessions are as follows:
- September 22nd 2023 from 9-12 in G124 on the Abbotsford campus (in person)
- October 13th 2023 from 10:30-12:30 via Zoom
- November 3rd 2023 from 10:30-12:30 via Zoom
- November 24th 2023 from 8:30-10:30 in G124 on the Abbotsford campus (in person)
This Intensive will be led by TLC’s Teaching and Learning Specialist (Curriculum and Assessment) Claire Hay who will provide ongoing support throughout the program. Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a first come basis. For more information or to register, please email email@example.com. Please register by Friday September 15th 2023 at noon.