What is the Curriculum Facilitation Team?
Curriculum Facilitation Team is an innovation in curriculum development
pioneered at the Community
College of Philadelphia,
beginning in 1995. Please visit our pages to learn more about the
development process, retrieve development models, or to contact
facilitators. The Coordinator of
the CFT is: Pete Watkins
firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 751 8334
is a group
of faculty with interest and experience in curriculum development who
have been appointed to do curriculum work under the direction of the
Office of Academic Affairs.
Our coordinator is appointed
by and reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Our job is to assist
faculty members in developing their curriculum projects.
We can provide help in
designing a new program, revising an existing program, writing new
courses and revising existing courses.
does the facilitation process begin?
you have discussed your project with your Department Head, and received
approval from your Dean, the Dean will contact the CFT coordinator who
will assign a team member to work with you. That facilitator will
then contact you to learn what assistance you would like as you undertake
your project, and what the pace and magnitude of your project are.
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The purpose of the
Curriculum Facilitation Team is to help faculty and administrators of the
College develop strong courses, curricula and academic programs that are
represented in clear, cogent and useful documents. Members of the CFT
assist faculty in designing coherent courses and programs that work to
fulfill the mission of the College, maintain professional and academic
standards, and promote effective teaching and learning.
From the individual
perspective, the CFT serves as a resource that can lend useful guidance and
assistance in the course or program writing/ revision process.
Depending on the experience and individual needs of developers, CFT members
help them in any or all stages of the process, from exploring a nascent
project to documenting or revising a well-established course or
program. From a broader perspective, the CFT has a function in
maintaining the institution’s
educational vitality: members of the CFT work closely with faculty, the
Deans, and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to help
insure the integrity of individual courses and appropriate sequencing of
courses within a program. It is the mission of the CFT to serve as a
catalyst for instructional excellence at the College.
In accomplishing its aims,
the Curriculum Facilitation Team:
- encourages faculty in their
attempts to promote active, student-centered learning;
- informs faculty about
curriculum development models, standards, and processes;
- regularly revisits and refines
the guidelines and models provided to developers;
- helps faculty develop and
describe productive learning activities;
- serves as liaison between
faculty and administration in regard to curriculum development projects;
- conducts workshops on
curricular issues and concerns at the College;
- presents the College’s unique curricular designs at
conferences on higher education;
- fosters and contributes to
College discourse on educational issues and curricular policy.