The Curriculum Design Studio is all about you designing and successfully implementing a teaching and learning project that will lead to significant change in the world around you.
Depending on where you’re coming at this from, your project could be taking place in a traditional classroom in a high school, college, or university program. It could be a professional development or experiential learning initiative in an entrepreneurial company, corporate context, or entrepreneurship center. It could be part of the courses, seminars, and/or workshop services you offer through your own company. It could be a new approach to competency building for a group in your community that holds special meaning for you.
All of that fits. The process supports all of those things.
And the change you want to make could be an exciting or super relevant new teaching and learning activity. Or, it could be a modification of an activity you’ve always used. Or one you’re stealing (with permission, of course) from somewhere else. It could be an exciting module made up of several such activities. It might be a novel approach to feedback and assessment. Depending on your ambition, it might be a fully revised course or program. And it could be that you’re still not 100% sure what your project’s going to be yet.
All of that fits too. And the more diversity we have in the number of different things people are trying, the better off we’ll all be.
You’re going to make your project a success in our time together though, through a series of iterative and well-supported methods and lessons, through smart and useful design sprints, and through critique sessions that will lead you to better versions of what you’re doing. Whether yours is a big audacious goal that you hope flips a program on its head or it’s a deliberately subtler nudge that will change only a few people’s lives but in deeper ways, my commitment to you is that if you engage with this process properly then you’re going to accelerate your teaching and learning work and significantly deepen its impact.
Phew. Okay. Sounds good.
Let me at it already.
Don’t worry. It’s coming. And plenty of it. Practical design thinking tools, worksheets, and processes.
But before diving in, I want you to spend just a little bit of time thinking about how this whole experience could also be about more than just your project. You’re here to hit your stuff out of the park, of course. And your peer network and I will be here to help make sure you do just that. But starting now – right at the beginning of the process – I want to add a layer to the work you’re going to do. I want you to start actively contemplating, deliberately designing, and taking steps toward what your future looks like as a next-level educational leader in your field.
Yup. I want a layer on top of your project that’s about your identity and plan to become an educational leader.
But aren’t I already a leader?
Sure. And that’s why you’re here. We all have different starting points, of course, and you might be ahead of others. But getting it right is truly a never-ending process, as I’m going to share with you in more detail in the topics that follow. And true leadership isn’t only about good teaching or curriculum design, as I’m also going to try and show you shortly.
Okay! So, I want you to start thinking about your project as a means to a greater end. As but one (wonderful!) example of the kinds of things you’re going to go on after this to accomplish in your work as an educator. And I want you to think about the iterative design-thinking based processes you’re going to master as a vehicle for making other such wonderful things happen in your classrooms, boardrooms, and communities in the future. You’re going to get in that vehicle and drive it somewhere specific over the coming months. And it’ll be great. But, with the right perspective and some deliberate practice, you’re also going to be able to get into it again and again in the future, and drive to a whole bunch of great new places.
I think I get it.
And in time you’re going to be building your own new vehicles and teaching others to drive them too. And in turn, that’s going to make your own driving stronger.
I get it. I get it.
But all of this is only possible if we can first consider together and try to gain a little shared perspective on what it might mean to be a ‘next-level educational leader’ in your field. And if we can start getting to know the people who are going through this alongside you.
So that’s what we’re going to do now.
The remaining lessons in this welcome mini-course are aimed at getting you thinking bigger about your potential as an educator and the leadership role(s) you might play.
They have three goals:
When you’re ready, click on the button below to get move on.
(Oh, and it’s no problem if you’re not participating in this as part of a formal cohort or group. As part of the design process you’ll be getting out there to build your own keep-me-honest peer group to keep you rolling.)
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