Curriculum design and renewal

The Centre for Teaching Excellence has developed an online resource to support curriculum design and renewal to assist departments undertaking new program design, program renewal, or those involved in program reviews in accordance with the mandated guidelines by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

If your department or school is engaging in a curriculum design or re-design, Centre for Teaching Excellence consultants can provide impartial facilitation of curriculum committee meetings, design and change management processes to follow, and workshops to support faculty members in the move to a new curriculum. We also provide consultation related to research projects about your curriculum projects review and renewal. This site provides an overview of the four phases encompassed by curriculum development and renewal:

For each phase, the key steps, associated tasks, and support that the Centre for Teaching Excellence provides are described. These resources are designed for anyone involved with curriculum design and renewal, particularly those who are leading such projects.

Curriculum development and renewal is a multi-phase process as depicted in Figure 1 below:

Venn diagram of curriculum process. The four cirlces are Design, Implement, Assess, and Review. There is an arrow to the centre of the Venn labelled Program Outcomes

Figure 1: Curriculum design and development process

Curriculum development and renewal might start at any of these four phases. For some departments, change is initiated following a program review; for others, their interest stems from the recognition that a new program is needed. Curriculum work might relate to a suite of courses, an entire program, or to faculty-wide initiatives. During the past five years, we have supported more than 80 programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. This support has included retreat facilitation, consultations, specialized course design workshops, and dedicated support for curriculum committees.

For more information on CTE’s support for curriculum development and renewal, please contact Trevor Holmes, senior instructional developer, curriculum and programming.