Higher education curriculum ecosystem design

PhD Thesis

Cheers, Christopher. 2017. Higher education curriculum ecosystem design. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/5c0742cb05a90

Higher education curriculum ecosystem design

TypePhD Thesis
AuthorCheers, Christopher
SupervisorPostle, Glen
Eng, chen Swee
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages165
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/5c0742cb05a90

This study focuses on the development of a Design Framework for Higher Education Curriculum Ecosystem design. The study views the world as a digital ecosystem where the physical and the virtual are fully intertwined and function through integrated social and technical architecture working together in a seamless mesh that is persistent and pervasive. This digital ecosystem is an open, flexible, demand driven, self-organising, collaborative environment. It has enhanced individuals’ abilities to connect with other people, share ideas, work collaboratively and form communities. This has inevitably impacted on educational practice in Higher Education.

The thesis draws together educational theories, curriculum designs, and concepts drawn from ecological psychology, cognitive apprenticeship, distributed cognition and activity theory, and extends them through the application of a Complexity Science lens. A Complexity Science perspective views the world as comprised of Complex Adaptive Systems. This study explores how authentic learning processes can be scaffolded within a Complex Adaptive System. The iterative development and refinement, through three iterations over six years, of a curriculum ecosystem for a Built Environment Degree Program is used as a case study for the development of a Higher Education curriculum ecosystem exemplar. A Design Framework for a Curriculum Ecosystem for Higher Education which has emerged through this process is presented.

Keywordshigher education; curriculum ecosystem design
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
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