Agile-Model Based Dynamic Curriculum Development and Refinement Approach


High-quality curriculums play a key role in successful education, and curriculum development is one of the mandatory tasks for every educator. Dysfunctional curriculums not only degrade learning outcomes but also result in students complains. Educators and researchers have put significant efforts into developing high quality curriculums and a number of curriculum development models have been established. However, a curriculum is by no means static. No single curriculum can meet every student’s requirements and suit for all situations. Curriculums should actually be under continuous refinement in order to adapt to the constantly changing environment, including the demographic of students. Thus, the effective method and guidance that assist dynamic curriculum development and refinement are required. This research is to adapt and utilize a widely used software engineering Agile-model to guide and support dynamic curriculum development and refinement. The adapted Agile model, like the original one, consists of a number of iterations each of which achieves one of the course learning objectives. The curriculum is dynamically refined and enhanced in each iteration to best suit the students’ background and achieve the current iteration learning objective. Each iteration is organized into four phases and the tasks and activities in each phase are specified to continuously refine, enhance, and optimize the curriculum. A step-by-step easy-to-follow guidance, which leads to adaptive high quality curriculums, will also be created and presented. It is expected that the teaching and learning outcomes will be promoted significantly by applying this system.

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Leon Pan, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada

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Conference: IICEHawaii2019
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development

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