Designing Online Curriculum: Program Revisions and Knowledge Exchange

Sibylle Gruber


In this article, I focus on the importance of knowledge exchange and knowledge communities to create an online curriculum that moves from individual course design to shared curriculum design. I draw from current discussions on communities of practice, agoras, and knowledge societies, expanding on the notion that knowledge, in order to benefit society, has to be shared. I show the results of a program redesign at Northern Arizona University achieved through collaboration on online course learning outcomes as well as course design, and I conclude by arguing for continued assessment of current practices to encourage educators to think critically about their contributions to an open knowledge society.


curriculum redesign; online graduate program; knowledge communities; open knowledge exchange; faculty collaboration; student learning

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