Blueprinting: Curriculum alignment tool: A resource for teachers. Ige & Pienaar, 2020
“A blueprint specifies all the elements of performance relevant to the assessment so that appropriate samples of activity and corresponding methods can be selected according to their relative importance to the overall assessment process. In blueprinting, the essential elements of the assessment are arranged on a multidimensional grid” (Crossley, et al., 2002). The purpose in tabulating teaching and learning activities, learning outcomes and assessment is to ensure the quality of the curriculum is upheld (Biggs, 1999).
Dept of Health Sciences Education, article: Assessment during the time of emergency remote teaching.
Many institutions that use face to face means of delivering their educational program have well-rehearsed educational processes with a teaching and assessment plan guided by the core learning requirements. The learning material/content would be refined from prior years and in some ways the assessment results have a sense of certainty. Read more here.
Teaching and learning
Ensuring inclusivity and fairness in teaching and assessment Pienaar et al., 2020
It is not an easy task to consider anything else at this moment of crisis but the pressure to convert relevant parts of the standard curriculum for online learning. This context cannot be ignored and may be an all-consuming task for many educators at traditional face to face universities. Alongside the demand to transition at short notice to remote teaching the current circumstances provide valuable opportunity to think through what we do currently to be educationally inclusive and fair to all students. Read more here.
The three readings Brauer, D. G., & Ferguson, K. J. (2015), Bandaranayake, R. (2000) and Newble, D., Stark, P., Bax, N., & Lawson, M. (2005) offer some suggestions as to
who should participate in developing a core curriculum
how a core curriculum can be developed (various methods)
assessing criteria for developing a core curriculum
understanding the importance of periodic reviews of what is core
Given the current pressures we are all working under, we have distilled from these 3 readings key criteria and questions to guide our selection of ‘what is core’. Read more here (Vula link, you may need to log in to view this content).