Curriculum renewal refers to an initiative undertaken by a unit that seeks to evaluate, analyze, and/or improve some element of a program’s curriculum. There are many entry points into curriculum renewal, for example an external review, enrollment concerns, leadership shift in departmental priorities, or the creation of a new program. The initiative might involve a whole program, a collection of courses (e.g., all second-year courses), or the whole Faculty. A Faculty or unit may be interested in investigating the development of specific skills (e.g., critical thinking, or communication) within a program, and that, too, would be considered curriculum renewal.
The Curriculum Renewal Guide is intended to serve as a starting point for units interested in starting a curriculum renewal initiative, or a unit that is in the process of making curricular changes and would like guidance on a particular step. The guide outlines the principles and process for undertaking a curriculum renewal initiative. For each step in the process, readers will find a detailed description of what that step entails, along with guiding questions and suggestions for the unit to consider.
If you have questions about curriculum design and renewal, or would like support with a project, please contact Jessie Richards, Curriculum Developer, Office of the Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, at 416-978-2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Curriculum Renewal Guide will be released May 2017.