Enhancing the first year experience in higher education: Curriculum innovation and the student learning journey
Faculty of Education and Arts
Office of Assoc Dean Teaching and Learning (FEA)
An academically cohesive, relevant, and rigorous undergraduate curriculum is required to retain, sustain, and graduate knowledgeable, professional, and valued citizens. Cognisant of this, staff at Edith Cowan University have co-constructed Curriculum 2012, an undergraduate curriculum framework which enables student transition to higher education and university life. Central to this curriculum innovation is the notion of ‘learning journey’ - a university-wide developmental and cohesive approach to learning, teaching and assessment. Curriculum 2012 authors sourced higher education and FYE literature and utilized this to design, plan, and justify the philosophies, principles and practices that direct Curriculum 2012. This paper describes Curriculum 2012 and demonstrates through the literature why and how these features were designed to enhance FYE for commencing students. FYE is located within the three key features of ECU’s curriculum framework: Employability Oriented; Student Focused Environment; Learner-Centred Teaching. The paper concludes with an overview of the curriculum implementation to enhance FYE.