Empowering Graduate Success With Career-Driven Modular Curriculum

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021)
Title: Empowering Graduate Success With Career-Driven Modular Curriculum
Stream: Curriculum Design & Development
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Tomas Trescak, Western Sydney University, Australia
Simeon Simoff, Western Sydney University, Australia
Andrew Francis, Western Sydney University, Australia
Lynn Berry, Western Sydney University, Australia


In this work, we present a career-driven modular framework for curriculum design, empowering students to design their study pathway taking best-informed decisions, improving their desired career prospects. A module is a knowledge delivery unit that takes days or weeks to complete, allowing students to take a large portion of modules every semester. This approach allows for experimentation and dynamic skill acquisition with a larger variety of skill options across multiple knowledge domains. Moreover, we use established frameworks (e.g. SFIA) to map and assess hard skills and soft skills delivered within a module. Using skill assessment we built a foundation for more natural prerequisite mappings and defining course/major completion criteria. Using existing datasets (e.g. Australian Public Service, EU) and SFIA mappings, we can assess students' employability perspective depending on their study pathway. Our strategic industry partners are delivering custom role definitions and assess the skill profile of our students to match their interests. This approach also provide benefits to curriculum designers, allowing them to explore the curriculum structure with relation to support for in-demand jobs and roles. To support this approach, we designed and implemented tools and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence planning, monitoring, and recommendation methods to support both students and curriculum designers to make the best-informed decisions. Choosing well-established frameworks also facilitates accreditation, providing information foundation for accreditation bodies.

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