Curriculum in CLIx
CLIx curriculum development aims to re-organise and re-contextualise high school Science, Mathematics, Communicative English and Digital Literacy content, to enable quality learning – as well as teaching – of rural Indian adolescents. As a large dispersed group of curriculum designers, we are creating Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) that integrates contemporary technologies into curricula in meaningful and innovative ways. The curricular modules are being developed as open education resources that will act as exemplars for educators and teachers to use, curate and create, thus building a platform of contextualised and technology-enabled quality material accessible to all stakeholders of high school education in India.
We envision a shift in high school learning and teaching, from the present narrow focus on skills needed to succeed in examinations towards the development of higher cognitive skills, and intrapersonal and interpersonal life skills, through a value-based education for citizenship that prepares the learner for participation in different work situations.
- Reimagining Pedagogy for Contemporary Technology:
CLIx blends hands-on experiments, technology-enabled activities such as simulations and educational games, formative assessment, peer review and discussions into its curriculum opportunities for the learning of Science and Mathematics.Students and teachers are meant to develop Digital Literacy skills through thinking activities that facilitate constructive dialogue among peers. Using the affordances of contemporary technology, CLIx aims to create an environment where students and teachers develop confidence in communicating in English. Learning in all the domain areas is to be advanced through formative assessment processes
- Integrating Values and Life Skills:
The curricular modules are being designed to include aspects that create an enabling environment for students to develop values and life skills for citizenship formation.
- Designing for Scale: The curricular modules are being designed to enable scaling to large numbers of schools. This means that the implementation has to preserve, effectively, the vital pedagogical intentions of the curriculum design.
- Supporting Teachers:
The Teacher Professional Development (TPD) are being intrinsically woven into curriculum design and development, to support teachers in implementing the CLIx modules in their intended form.
- Internal Collaboration:
None of this is possible if each group works in isolation, hence embracing the collaborative processes of CLIx is essential for all the teams and individuals involved.
The teams expect to roll out the first set of curricular offerings in July 2016. The focus areas and opportunities for innovation are, for us:
- For the experienced pedagogues:
who have worked largely with static text – to understand and leverage the dynamic nature of digital technology into their designs
- For the technologists:
to understand and integrate pedagogical considerations into their design
- For the entire curriculum team:
to think always of the scale of implementation while designing