FAIR Curriculum

The FAIR Curriculum Project at GCU supports the University’s social mission of promoting the common good. It forms part of the Strategy for Learning (SfL) and provides the academic, pedagogical direction for developing approaches to learning and teaching based on the SfL Design Principles of inclusive, accessible and flexible learning.

A FAIR (Flexible, Accessible, Inclusive and Real/Relevant) curriculum takes into account the educational, social and cultural background of all students. Students will benefit from an education that is FAIR, socially just and that will allow them to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to achieve the University’s commitment to the ‘participation, progression and success of all students regardless of background’ (Strategy for Learning 2013-20).

We run regular FAIR Curriculum workshops for academic staff and graduate teaching assistants and have started developing an online resource in the ‘Learning and Teaching Community’ on GCULearn.

For more information on the FAIR Curriculum Project, please contact Dr Karla Benske, Lecturer in Academic Development at karla.benske@gcu.ac.uk

What does FAIR curriculum mean in practice?

A FAIR Curriculum anticipates, acknowledges and takes into account that:

  • Students have multiple identities that have been shaped by their educational, cultural and social backgrounds, leading to different dispositions (levels of esteem, motivation, aspiration, expectations, preferences, etc.)
  • Students face different circumstances in life (family obligations, age, disability, financial, geographical, etc.
  • All students apply different approaches to learning.

Because of this, lecturers and tutors should be mindful of the impact that their design and delivery decisions have on all students, since they may respond differently depending on their previous experiences. Learning and teaching approaches should be student centred, encourage and promote inclusivity, use a variation of materials, and offer opportunities for different approaches within the course of study.

 

What can you do to support the FAIR Curriculum Project?

There are a number of ways in which you can support the FAIR Curriculum Project. You could:

  • Get involved with the Student Action Group for Engagement (SAGE) and lead on, or participate in, projects that support the development of a FAIR Curriculum in your area of study
  • Discuss the FAIR Curriculum project with your fellow students, student reps and/or the Students’ Association
  • Talk to your lecturers and/or tutors about how your course could be made more flexible, accessible, inclusive and relevant and point them towards our inclusive and accessible learning checklist.
  • Encourage your lecturers/tutors to attend our FAIR Curriculum workshop and join the GCULearn ‘Learning and Teaching’ community to find out more about the project
  • Join the GCULearn ‘Learning and Teaching’ community (self-enrol) yourself to find out more about the FAIR Curriculum