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Practical insight into mastering major curriculum reform

Day: Saturday 27 August
Time: 1330-1630
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Harm Peters1, Anne-Marie Reid2, Asja Maaz1, Martina Crehan3, Ronja Mothes1, John Jenkins3
1 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
2 University of Leeds, UK
3 RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland

Background: It is essential that every medical school curriculum is kept up to date and fit for purpose. However, major curriculum reform represents a complex, challenging process. The complexity roots in the attempt to change one already complex system (the curriculum) within another complex system (the institution), both being closely interwoven. Even when the vital need for such change is recognised, its magnitude leaves many institutions and its leaders hesitating. Facilitation of this workshop by individuals with relevant experience as faculty or student in different international contexts will provide practical insights and guidance for those who are considering or currently involved in new development or major curriculum reform. The facilitators will share and discuss approaches and frameworks they employed and experiences in their institutions. Practical insights will be given on published conceptual frameworks for curriculum development (e.g. outcome-based program design, translation of competency-based education by entrustable professional activities, the ASPIRE award scheme for excellence in education, perspectives from social theory and organizational change management, including leadership) and how these can be used to inform, develop and implement an effective change management process. Special attention will be given to the role of needs analysis, stakeholder engagement and planning committees, the curriculum blueprint, piloting experiences, faculty-wide planning, faculty buy-in and development, student engagement and co-creation, dealing with resistance and conflict, curriculum mapping and organizational development.
Who Should Participate: Educational leaders and administrators, teachers and students considering or currently involved in curriculum reform. Participants will be given opportunities to share approaches and experiences from their own institutions.
Structure of Workshop: The workshop will consist of a thematically structured sequence of focused inputs by the facilitators, small group exchanges on given tasks and large group discussions, summary and reflections.
Intended Outcomes: Participants will better understand the complexity of major curriculum reform and how this can be effectively managed in practice, including the blending and practical application of existing frameworks related to curriculum development. Participants will exchange perspectives and experiences of managing change and will achieve useful practical tips to facilitate the initiation, design, implementation and sustainability of major curriculum reform.

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