Upgrading an online master’s degree program based on Story-centered Curriculum (SCC): A case study
Katsuaki Suzuki, Kumamoto University, JAPAN, Japan ; Junko Nemoto, Makoto Oyamada, Makoto Miyazaki, Kumamoto University, Japan ; Yoshiyuki Shibata, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kumamoto University, Japan
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This paper describes a case study of upgrading an existing online master program based on Story-centered Curriculum (SCC). After a completion of two year implementation of Instructional Systems Program at Kumamoto University, Japan, SCC was introduced to build cohesive structure to the entire curriculum. The reform was carried out by analyzing existing course assignments, re-arranging the sequence of study by specifying weekly work orders, and creating an overarching story and characters that covers all the required course assignments. An SCC skin to be added to existing learning portal site was then designed and developed that provides weekly orders, explanations as to how course assignments are related to the work orders, and links to the course materials. Eighty-nine percent of the students completed the first year of SCC, majority of who expressed positive reactions to their experiences. Lessons learned are described with implications to other similar efforts.
Suzuki, K., Nemoto, J., Oyamada, M., Miyazaki, M. & Shibata, Y. (2009). Upgrading an online master’s degree program based on Story-centered Curriculum (SCC): A case study. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 591-598). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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