Designing and teaching cross-disciplinary courses and lectures

Here is an overview of the elements you can consider when designing or teaching a cross-disciplinary (CD) course or lecture. Some elements are only relevant for the design process but have consequences for the teaching and vice versa.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Recommendated considerations:
•How is the CD reflected in the ILOs?
•Which are the defining elements of the CD? Or: Which are the CD competencies the students should acquire?

This is about:
Metaknowledge, being able to put into perspective, compare, …

If you want to know more about ILOs, you can find a collection of articles and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more

Curriculum design

Recommendated considerations:
•What kind of CD is aimed at?
•How are the different elements of the curriculum sequenced and linked?
•Is there a progression in the elements?

This is about:
Aim at a specific level of CD: Instrumental/multi/inter/trans, concrete links from each course to the other, is there a division of labor between the courses, is there a relevant progression, do the subjects contribute with their core elements, …

If you want to know more about curriculum design, you can find a list of results from the project, articles and links to other resources articles related to the topic here. Read more

Assessment/examinations

Recommendated considerations:
•How do you assess the expected competencies?
•Is there build-in formative assessment elements training the ILOs?
•Are the examinations reflecting the CD ILOs?

This is about:
Secure alignment between the ILOs – the pedagogy – the assessment, use a broad range of examination forms, …

If you want to know more about assessment/examination, you can find a collection of articles and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more

Course management

Recommendated considerations:
•Administrative issues
•Study leader awareness of the CD demands
•Teacher organisation (encouraging sense of community)
•Student organisation (encouraging sense of community)
•Arranging CD relevant training sessions for staff

This is about:
Solving administrative and economic issues, creating a sense of cohesion, collaborative planning of courses and pedagogy, regular staff meetings, team coordinator, …

If you want to know more about course management, you can find a collection of results from the project and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more

Space

Recommendated considerations:
•Timetabeling
•Physical factors

This is about:
Fixed meeting times, working/teaching/meeting facilities, …

If you want to know more about space, you can find a collection of articles and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more

Generic tools

Recommendated considerations:
•Common resources
•Shared technologies

This is about:
Introducing process tools like portfolios and log books, use of Absalon, …

If you want to know more about course generic tools, you can find products from the project and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more

Teaching/Lessons

Recommendated considerations:
•Choose pedagogy suited the ILOs
•Multimodality, relocation
•Motivating students
•Integrate meta-perspectives
•Plan for deliberate links between own teaching and other programme elements – and for combinations

This is about:
Variation between transmissive and interpretive teaching, project periods, use of data, theories, methods, models from own and other disciplines, …

If you want to know more about teaching/lessons, you can find a list of results from the project, articles and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more

Teacher competences

Recommendated considerations:
•Reflective approach
•Knowing the limits and theory of own discipline

This is about:
iw-exercises, use of portfolio, …

If you want to know more about teacher competences, you can find a list of results from the project, articles and links to other resources related to the topic here. Read more