Dr Maria Ulloa and Kerri Arcus from the Centre of Learning Health and Social Services recently won the Best Curriculum Design Award for the Master of Professional Practice (MPP) curriculum at the third International Higher Education Curriculum Design and Academic Leadership Symposium.
The duo presented a paper, Shared Spaces: co-creating a curriculum to advance health and social practice, which outlined and analysed the process for curriculum development between Whitireia and WelTec. It reflected on the factors for successful curriculum co-design: a spirit of partnership, creativity, trust, adaptation and collaboration for an authentic curriculum.
We put health and social practice at the core said Kerri. "The themes that spiral through the curriculum are working with diversity, inter-professional practice and leadership."
The curriculum for the Master of Professional Practice was developed by a team of health and social services staff from both Whitireia and WelTec. It is now in its third year of delivery and is offered in partnership between the two.
The symposium is run by the International Higher Education Curriculum Design and Academic Leadership Society. The society has a mission to weave together leadership, advocacy, challenge and encouragement in-order-to support, promote and elevate higher education designers and academic leaders.