Western Guide to Curriculum Review
Curriculum Review offers ideas about how to get started on the review process—questions to ask at the beginning of and during the process, suggestions about information to be gathered and how, issues to think about as you decide what to include in the curriculum, and ideas about how to teach the curriculum involving new and alternative pedagogies. Curriculum is not a simple matter; this guide is written to reflect some of the complexities of curriculum and, I hope, to be thought-provoking and challenging. I hope as well that it provides just enough of a step-by-step guideline to be helpful with just about any curriculum review project.
Program Review and Curriculum Map Templates
Western's new Institutional Quality Assurance Process, with guidelines for review of undergraduate and graduate programs.
Degree Level Expectations in Ontario - for Undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral Degrees
Curriculum Development in Higher Education: Faculty-Driven Processes and Practices is a special issue in Winter 2007 of New Directions for Teaching and Learning with several excellent articles on curriculum change and review. The journal is available in the Teaching Support Centre and online through the Western Libraries catalogue.
The University of Waterloo has developed a curriculum mapping template that is consistent with the categories, subcategories, and sub-subcategories of the OCAV undergraduate degree level expectations for Honours degrees.
A curriculum map from the University of British Columbia Occupational Therapy program
University Undergraduate Degree-Level Expectations Guidelines
Implementing University Undergraduate Degree-Level Expectations (UUDLEs) in Program & Course Design is a site from York University designed to share resources and do OCAV-consistent curriculum development.
OCAV’s UDLEs at UW website contains background information as well as case study examples and sample syllabi.
Assessment methods for higher education
Alternative assessment in higher education: Websites for a learner-centered approach
Bonnie Chauncey’s extensive list of Internet resources for alternative assessment approaches, originally published in the November 2004 issue of
C&RL News and updated July 2006
Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment
Authentic Assessment Toolbox
The Assessment and Test Construction Resources on the Teaching Support Centre website lists more resources, including workshop materials, presentations, articles and books available in the Teaching Support Centre library
Barbara Gross Davis’ Tools for Teaching (1993) is an excellent source of indepth advice on strategies and suggestions to improve teaching practice. Excerpts are on-line at and the full text is available through NetLibrary (accessible via the Western Libraries catalogue)
For research on evaluation, see the American Journal of Evaluation. These two articles on evaluation theory are written by two of the most outstanding education writers of the last half century:
- A World Larger than Formative and Summative
Michael Quinn Patton
American Journal of Evaluation 17(2), 131-144 (1996)\
- Types of Evaluation and Types of Evaluator
American Journal of Evaluation 17(2), 151-161 (1996)
(available in the Teaching Support Centre)
Outcomes-Based Academic and Co-Curricular Program Review (2006) by Marilee Bresciani is an excellent resource on assessment of learning outcomes that shares the good practices of forty institutions.
Linda Nilson’s The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map : Communicating Your Course (2007) shows instructors how to communicate their course organization to students using a diagram, flowchart or concept map of the topical organization, and how to chart an outcomes map. More than two dozen examples from a variety of disciplines are included.
McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers (2006) is a handbook of research-supported strategies to enhance teaching and learning.