The SPaM framework identifies three core “domains” that need to be considered when designing hybrid curriculum and whilst SPaM is intended to be used as a curriculum design framework (particularly for hybrid programmes/courses) it is not a curriculum design tool itself and as such it relies on using other processes to support the design activity. Many universities will already have established curriculum design tools/processes which can be used in support of SPaM but I thought it would also be useful to collate some examples here for consideration in the table below.
Curriculum Design Models
|Name & Link||Summary Description|
|Constructive Alignment||Not strictly a design “tool” it is more a philosophical approach to designing curriculum through the alignment of learning outcomes, learning objectives, assessments and learning activities. As a philosophy it works with many curriculum design tools.|
|Carpe Diem||A “team based approach to curriculum design” Carpe Diem. Developed by Gilly Salmon her website has links to workbooks and resources to support its implementation.|
|ABC Learning Design||This design approach is a “is a high-energy, hands-on curriculum development workshop developed at UCL” usually delivered over 90 minutes but can be extended and builds on the six learning types developed by Diana Laurillard.|
|ELDeR||“ELDeR is a practical, team-based approach to learning design. It involves an intensive, collaborative workshop, at the end of which the academic team goes away with a detailed blueprint of the learning design and a comprehensive action plan.|
At its heart is the student learning experience, where student feedback and assessment literacies are given top priority, and a shared vision of the programme is developed between team members.” – University of Edinburgh (UK)
|CAIeRO||“CAIeRO stands for Creating Aligned Interactive educational Resource Opportunities….Think of it as a Course Design Retreat – a full module CAIeRO is two days away from the phone and the email, to build or re-design taught modules, with support from a range of specialist staff. Every CAIeRO will be different, but broadly speaking the workshop has two aims – to develop the modules themselves, and to help the teaching team to develop their course design skills.” – University of Northampton (UK)|
|TESTA||“TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment) aims to improve the quality of student learning through addressing programme-level assessment.” It focusses very much on assessment and as such is not a complete curriculum design model, but is very effective in supporting a programme level assessment approach.|
|FOLD||Blended and Online Learning Curriculum Design Toolkit. |
This Toolkit sets out La Trobe University’s flexible and online learning development (FOLD) process for conducting a curriculum design project that will obtain institutional support and resources, and result in enduring, sustainable change.
Additionally I have collected some useful resources and information relating to supporting discussions around each of the three SPaM domains: Subject, Pedagogy and Modality. Again these are not necessarily tools per se but resources and information that might be useful in supporting conversations and considering approaches to each of the domains.