The objective of this presentation is to share some of the lessons learned and challenges faced when revising the process of programme design in our institution. Affected by the experience of having to adjust teaching and learning during the pandemic, our school started a long-term project to introduce a new procedure and principles for programme design and redesign. The presentation starts with sharing some of the main reasons and motivations behind this, before discussing factors that played a significant role in the process. This includes consideration of the important aspects of programme design, such as market demands, graduate attributes, USP, including sustainability topics in teaching, internationalisation, learning innovation, use of technology, and connection with practice. We were also keen to implement measurement capabilities in the design of the programmes in order to assess their success.
The presentation discusses the above while also looking at some of the challenges that the school has been going through during the process. Among these are the diversity of student profiles, large size of the school and high number of programmes under offer, large class sizes, keeping the staff on-board while benefiting from their input, maintaining programmes unique identity whilst allowing courses to be shared, and utilising the support of professional services.
The presentation concludes with listing a number of lessons learned and challenges that may be common across other institutions, as well as recommendations on how to address these.
Farhad Shafti, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom