T-SPARC is a JISC funded project based at Birmingham City University which is focused upon ‘Technology-Supported Processes for Agile and Responsive Curricula’. The project bid was made in a response to a JISC call for projects under the heading of ‘Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design’. The project is being run through the University’s Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT).The project sits within the wider RoLEx initiative and has four core aims, they are:
• To inform programme design activity through the improved provision of relevant information to those stakeholders engaged in curriculum design.
• To redesign the ICT infrastructure which supports the workflow of curriculum design and programme approval processes.
• To develop and pilot mechanisms for supporting, through electronic means, course team discussion during their programme design activity.
• To develop and pilot the electronic representation of programmes and underpinning evidence for the purposes of approval.
As the focus of the T-SPARC Project is curriculm design, it touches upon a whole raft of University work-streams. Consequently, the core aims of the project are mainly being addressed through existing Univeristy processes and working groups; these include the:
• Learning and Teaching committee
• Working group for the redesign of the review and approval mechanisms
• Working group for the Learning Community Initiative (Student Engagement)
• RoLEx (Redesign Of the Learning Experience) Project Board
The T-SPARC project can only be successful if it delivers outputs which are relevant and useful to our stakeholders. To that end, much of the project work will be focussed upon working with all those involved in curriculum design and through collaborative activity, designing new systems to meet their needs.