A Curriculum Design Approach to the Improvement of Learning Skills

Ms Catherine Owens
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The continuous upgrading of learning skills is a major impetus for change both in the workplace and in higher education. Universities have confronted the dilemma of inadequately prepared students, for whom lifelong learning is not fully appreciated. Thus, efforts exist to improve learning skills for long term applications.
Workshop participants will complete a proposal for a curriculum design approach to the enhancement of learning skills. Various strategies for embedding learning skills in curricular choices and development will be discussed and a critical analysis of their implications for planning and training will be constructed. Groups will then create a detailed synopsis of ways and means for classroom pedagogy to adapt to the learners, their needs and learning styles. Proposals for the establishment in the learners of processes that support them through career, life and personal decision making will be considered and critically reviewed. Consequences for the program developers of the future, both in terms of required skills and affective orientation, will be considered. Continual reference will be made to technology and its place in this reformulation, taking into account both the strategies and risks of its implementation.

Keywords: Lifelong Learning for the Society of Constant Change, Curriculum and Pedagogy Revisited, Learning Styles, Learner Centered Instruction, Learner Independence
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Ms Catherine Owens

Director, Center for Academic Development, Al Akhawayn University

Catherine Owens has extensive experience in the fields of academic skills development, teacher training and orientation, and design and delivery of technologically innovative programs in English for academic purposes. Her focus has been on the learner throughout her career: what motivates them, how best to engage them, their struggles with the expectations of the educational enterprise, and the adaptive strategies they need to succeed in a competitive world. With the notable achievements she has witnessed in university students from both Asian and Moroccan institutions of higher learning, she has been delighted to reinforce her belief that students constantly rise to the challenge of high standards and the requirements of excellence. Her greatest satisfaction has come from the classroom, where strong students, presented with stimulating learning materials have proven over and over again that they will exceed all expectations. Her interest in technology has been fortuitous, as the increments in learner use and skill in manipulating web-based resources have been substantial over just the past four years in Morocco. Her assumption is that technology based education is an achievable global goal; thus, the implicit demand that pedagogy and academic policy anticipate the reformulation of the entire teaching and learning enterprise.

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