The Enabling a Modern Curriculum program is focused on three key areas in 2021-22:

  • Enabling a Modern Curriculum through Open Educational Resources
  • Enabling a Modern Curriculum through Students as Partners
  • CAUL Conference.

Across these three areas, there are five projects, with three projects related to OER.

Project 1: CAUL Open Educational Resources Collective – Pilot

Lead: Tahnee Pearse, University of Southern Queensland

The CAUL Open Educational Resources Collective will provide a shared OER publication platform for CAUL member institutions (or member institutions who opt in to the Collective). The Collective will provide infrastructure for member institutions to publish a set number of titles of their choosing each year. Additionally, the Collective will support publication of OERs in targeted disciplines through a collaborative, cross-institutional authoring model, drawing on the strength of networks within the CAUL membership to encourage cross-institutional collaboration on OERs. This project will develop a model for and implement a pilot of the Collective.

Project brief (PDF).

Project 2: Open Educational Resources Professional Development Program

Lead: Marion Slawson, Federation University Australia

This project will develop a proposal for and implement a pilot OER professional development program. The program will comprise a range of activities over an extended period of time for an enrolled cohort, as opposed to ad hoc activities that are open for registration on an event-by-event basis.

Project brief (PDF).

Project 3: Open Educational Resources Advocacy

Lead: Adrian Stagg, University of Southern Queensland

Drawing on learnings from CAUL’s open research advocacy, this project will develop and enact a plan for advocacy related to OERs, with a view to raising the visibility of the OER agenda and related issues. The project will focus on both local and national advocacy. The project team will deliver an advocacy toolkit for member institutions to use for local advocacy, and will plan and undertake advocacy at a national level. National advocacy will target the DVCsA and government.

Project brief (PDF).

Project 4: Enabling a Modern Curriculum with Students as Partners

Lead: Dr Mollie Dollinger, Deakin University

The focus of this project is on understanding current practice related to engaging students as partners, and developing mechanisms to support CAUL member institutions in engaging students as partners. This project will commence with a review of current practice related to students as partners in academic libraries in Australia and New Zealand, and internationally. The review will inform the development of an online toolkit designed to support CAUL member institutions to engage students as partners. The toolkit will be developed using a students as partners approach, with each project team member identifying and working with a student at their institution. Additionally, the Project Team will design a model for information exchange between CAUL member institutions related to students as partners for endorsement by the CAUL Board.

Project brief (PDF).

Project 5: CAUL Conference

Lead: Dr Nicole Johnston, Edith Cowan University

This project will plan and deliver a face-to-face CAUL Conference that will take place in the second half of 2022. The CAUL Conference will provide a forum for 

  • staff of Australian and New Zealand academic libraries to share good practice initiatives related to the theme of enabling a modern curriculum
  • presentation of work in progress and outcomes from the CAUL Enabling a Modern Curriculum Program
  • professional development for academic library staff.

The CAUL Conference will provide an opportunity for academic library staff to share their knowledge and experience related to the practice of enabling a modern curriculum. It will promote good practice, provide an opportunity for discussion of key challenges, and facilitate sharing of learnings from initiatives undertaken across the sector.

Project brief (PDF).