Curriculum design

While many learn about the Degree Level Expectations during the Academic Review Process, designing your curricula by examining your learning outcomes and mapping curriculum is a departmental exercise that can be done at any time. CPI is available to facilitate departments through this process as part of a curricular renewal or re-imagination.

At the course level, CPI offers Course Design Workshops and Consultations. The syllabus template can be a useful tool that ensures inclusion of all required and recommended aspects of your course outline but also to assist in the pedagogical considerations when designing your course.

CPI’s Design for Online is a resource for exploring technology-enabled teaching and learning activities you might consider in your course design.

What are the DLES? 

“The Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations (UDLEs) and Graduate University Degree Level Expectations (GDLEs) represent the threshold level skills and knowledge Ontario students must demonstrate in order to successfully complete their programs. The Degree Level Expectations form an integral part of Ontario’s Quality Assurance Framework, which establishes the protocols for the approval of new undergraduate and graduate programs and the review of existing programs at publicly assisted universities”. (Excerpt from the Official Degree Level Expectations website hosted by McMaster University, funded by the Council of Ontario Universities.)

What are the Brock DLES? 

Brock University has adopted the 6 DLES as established by OCAV. See the UDLES and GDLES on the Brock VP Academic website.

Faculties may also identify Faculty specific DLES as an opportunity to articulate outcomes and learning experiences specific to particular disciplines. Visit the CPI Curriculum resource page for more information.

Formally through the eLearning Initiative or upon request, CPI consults on web-enabled design for courses and programs.

Anyone can access the CPI guide and online module, though members of the Brock University community are encouraged to join the join-able Isaak-Sakai site by going to https://lms.brocku.ca/portal/site/LearnTeachOnline logging in, and choosing to Join the site.

The full guide can be accessed by anyone.

Course outlines set out the expectations of the instructor in terms of the anticipated learning outcomes and they allow students to determine whether they can reasonably meet those expectations. To that end, there are a number of required components that must be on all Brock University course syllabi. Instructors are then welcome to add departmental or discipline specific information.

CPI hosts the Syllabus Template on our website at: https://brocku.ca/pedagogical-innovation/teaching-tools/syllabus-template/