Curriculum Change, Resistance, and Leadership Workshop
 

Friday, 19 September 2003
Western Michigan University

Introduction
Foundation Coalition (FC) partner institutions have developed and implemented many pilot curricula since the beginning of the Coalition in 1993. Further, the institutions have addressed challenges associated with moving from pilot curricula to curricula adopted across the entire institution. Finally, several people across the Coalition have reviewed research and literature on change. From these experiences, the workshop facilitator has synthesized a set of issues that will be considered and explored during the workshop. The intent is that faculty members, department heads, and deans will be better equipped to lead their institutions in examining and implementing improvements in their learning experiences.

The half-day workshop will be hands-on, small-group, and interactive. Participants will be expected to complete a set of readings prior to the workshop.

Objectives: Participants will gain experience in
• Describing processes associated with change, especially processes that promote change and processes that limit change
• Describing resistance, reasons underlying resistance, and ways in which resistance might be addressed
• Describing leadership and ways in which leadership can promote change
• Analyzing curricular change experiences at other institutions and applying the lessons to their institution
• Describing strategies that promote long-term change

Participant Background Requirements
• Experience in teaching an engineering course

Agenda
Background for change
• Team exercise: develop processes that promote change
• Workshop discussion
• Team exercise: develop processes that limit change
• Workshop discussion

Background for resistance
• Team exercise: develop descriptions of resistance and the ways that resistance manifests itself
• Workshop discussion
• Team exercise: develop descriptions of types of resistance
• Workshop discussion
• Team exercise: develop descriptions of ways in which resistance might be addressed and advantages and drawbacks for each way
• Workshop discussion

Background for leadership
• Team exercise: develop descriptions of leadership
• Workshop discussion
• Team exercise: develop ways in which leadership might effectively promote change
• Workshop discussion

Background on strategies for change

Case studies
• Team exercise: analyze first case study
• Team exercise: analyze second case study

Readings
To be assigned later

 

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