Course Enhancement (Microsurgery) is a part of the continuous improvement of all our Courses across the College of Business and wider University. From 2019 as part of the University Area of Focus: Students, a majority of courses will undertake this process each year! Making evidence-based decisions about your course is a key aim of Course Enhancement. You’ll most likely receive a data pack in the lead up to Course Enhancement, but you also have the opportunity to engage with other available data you may collect in Canvas or anecdotally. Take this opportunity to reflect on what makes you proud in your Course, or what elements and sections you could look to enhance.
After you’ve spent time engaging with your available data, in the initial communications you would have also received a link to the Course Reflection Tool. This is the portal to the Learning and Teaching Portfolio, giving us an idea of what elements in your course that really stand out. It is in this space that you can begin to talk to how you’d like to enhance or change your course, and what support you’d require to do this.
Following the completion of the Course Reflection Tool, a member of the Portfolio will be in touch in regards to the support you’ve requested, this may be a look at improving the Learning Design of your course, putting you in contact with the correct area such as the Industry Engagement Team. We’re also using this as an opportunity to discover excellence in Teaching and Learning across the College of Business and celebrate best practice!
It’s now over to you, by this point you should be equipped with knowledge, resource and contacts needed to enhance your course. Whether that’s having someone from one of the Big 4 Accounting firms speak to a topic in your class, using the Learning and Teaching Production Team to create a video or explainer animation for a key concept in class, or getting on contact with the Liaison Librarian to add in multimedia resources or OERs.
Closing the loop
The final stage of Course Enhancement is a quick exercise in record keeping. After you’ve received support from the Learning and Teaching Portfolio and actioned their suggestions ready for the next teaching semester. You’ll receive a final survey, we’d simply like to know what exactly is you’ve done and how you think this will enhance your course. This is an important step in the Quality Framework of the University and will feed into processes like your Program’s Comprehensive and Annual Reviews.