Connected Curriculum: Research-based education, programme design and student transition at TCD

Academic Practice (CAPSL) AT Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome Dr Dilly Fung to speak about the Connected Curriculum: Research-based education, programme design and student transition. Dr Fung is the Director of their Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) at University College London (UCL) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

TCD’s interactive seminar will explore the new ‘Connected Curriculum’ model of programme design currently being implemented at University College London (UCL), and consider its potential benefits for supporting students in their transition from school to university, from one level of undergraduate study to the next, and from degree study into employment.

This innovative programme design is characterised by a connected ‘throughline’ of research-based learning experiences, including a ‘Meet Your Professor’ small group induction activity, and by cross-level peer assisted learning. Assessments are seen as research ‘outputs’ and, where possible, directed at an external audience - a form of public engagement. This means that students develop not only an outward-facing e-portfolio, but also confidence and a wide range of skills, so that the transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate study and/or future employment is actively supported.

TCD’s initiative is underpinned by research: UCL is working in parallel with the University of Wollongong, Australia, to study and evaluate parallel activities. Wollongong is also implementing wholesale curriculum change, using a model which has a number of parallel features, and we are tracking the benefits and challenges of trying to bring about wholesale change across our complex, multi-disciplinary institutions. Early research draws upon the perspectives of programme leaders internationally on curriculum design in general, and upon the notions of connectedness and disconnect in students’ learning journeys in particular. Early findings from this research will be shared as part of the discussion.

TCD’s seminar will be an opportunity for participants to critique the Connected Curriculum model and share similar or very different approaches to ways in which curriculum design is enhancing student transition in their own institutions, and we look forward to lively debate.

Date: Friday 24th April 2015

Venue: Innovation Academy, Foster Place

Time: 10:30 – 13:00

To register please visit TCD’s website on

Event Date: 

10 - 14