Curriculum Writing Quick Tips
- One helpful strategy we have noted is to begin with the learning outcomes and to work backwards once you have solidly established them. Then, you can begin to build your curriculum with the end goals already in mind.
- Your outcomes should be assessable. A strong action verb from Bloom’s Taxonomy works better than vague statements such as “Students will understand…” as “understanding” is difficult to measure.
- Catalogue course descriptions should also be concise (around 50 words). We like to think of the course description in terms of purpose, method and outcome. First, what is the purpose of the course? What methods will be used to achieve that purpose, and finally, what will the outcome of the course be?
- When choosing texts or designing units, keep in mind that you may not be teaching the course in 5 or 10 years. Therefore, the curriculum needs to be flexible enough to incorporate others’ ideas in the future. For instance, if one is designing a film course, several optional films may be recommended in a particular genre.
- Finally, as with all writing, consider your audience. You are the expert in your field, yet you are often going to be writing to those who may not have your expertise. What do they need to know?