Curriculum Design: Session Planning


Planning Teaching in an Outcomes-based Curriculum

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In part of this resource is an example of a teaching plan (these are sometimes called lesson plans). You may be surprised that it does not include a section on content. Many teachers still think of planning a teaching session in terms of making a list of the content to be covered; but this approach can lead to problems because it focuses on what the teacher will do without sufficient thought being given to what the students might do. The learner-centred model of Higher Education, however, requires a clear focus on what students need to do in order to maximise their marks. It requires that teaching sessions (and courses) should be described in terms of what it is that the students should be able to do on completion. Statements that describe what it is the students should be able to do at the end of a session are called intended outcomes or outcomes for short. A template for a teaching plan is also included.

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This is a short introduction to ChatGPT for people teaching in higher education, created in January 2023 and updated until this version was saved in February 2023. The resource is a slide deck which you are free to modify and update (since this is a fast-moving topic). No prior knowledge of AI or chatbots is necessary to use the slides.

The Irish Journal of Academic Practice (IJAP) is published online once annually at Technological University Dublin. IJAP is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes scholarly and practice-based articles, case studies, opinion & reflective pieces and reviews relating to learning, teaching, assessment and technology within higher education.

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