What does it mean to enable a modern curriculum?

University libraries play a number of key roles in enabling contemporary teaching and learning, including

  • curating, collecting and creating information resources related to the curriculum
  • consulting and advising through curriculum design processes
  • partnering with educational designers and academic developers to provide holistic support for course development
  • embedding information literacy instruction in the curriculum
  • championing digital literacy
  • supporting academics to find, use, adapt or create open educational resources.

In many institutions, academic skills development is also part of the library’s remit. Even the work libraries undertake that isn’t directly related to teaching and learning impacts it indirectly. For example, supporting open scholarship results in more open access research outputs, which are in turn used in teaching and learning.

Libraries contribute to contemporary teaching and learning in a myriad ways and so our focus on this blog will also be broad. We are keen to explore the various ways that libraries enable a modern curriculum, and to amplify the work CAUL Member institutions do in the teaching and learning space.

So, we have two questions for you!

  1. What topics related to libraries’ role in teaching and learning would you like to see featured here on the blog? Share your thoughts about the topics you’d like to see us explore in the comments! If you’re reading this post as an email, click the post title to head to the blog and add your comment.
  2. Do you have an idea for a blog post you’d like to write? Perhaps there is something great happening at your institution that you’d like to share, an event that you’d like to write an analysis of, an important message you need to get out, or a resource you’d like to highlight. Perhaps you’d like to share about what enabling a modern curriculum means to you. If you would like to write something from the blog, then we would like to hear from you! You can contact me – Kate Davis (CAUL Director, Strategy & Analytics) – with your ideas for posts.

3 thoughts on “What does it mean to enable a modern curriculum?

  1. I’d like to hear stories about the different ways libraries are engaging in curriculum and student learning that aren’t traditional, also what does digital literacy mean in the context of the work we do supporting student learning.

  2. Enabling the modern curriculum also encompasses the extra curricular aspect of the student journey – i would be interested in reading blog posts about how orientation programs equip first year students for success.

  3. Am keen to hear from others about their approaches to Indigenous Knowledges and perspectives in curricula. Also interested in influences on deep appraisal of primary research (beyond the CRAAP test) and getting engagement from academics in this very important space.

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