Institutional programme-design strategies supporting forced change
This report and guidelines, developed in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, will be of interest to every education establishment in New Zealand as they assess their ability to manage unforeseen disasters.
Dr Selena Chan and Martin Jenkins – Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Date completed: August 2012
About the project
The earthquake of 22 February 2011 required Christchurch educational institutions to cope with the consequences of a natural disaster. In this project, the impact of forced change on Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT), decisions made with regards to programme design and the accompanying effect on students are investigated.
The term ‘programme design’ refers to processes undertaken to re-develop or design programmes of learning with a focus on student learning and flexible delivery.
Case studies of 6 selected programmes were analysed to derive a set of guidelines, based on strategies related to sustainable programme design.
The impact of the earthquakes is explored on 3 levels:
- institutional effects
- programme design deployment/implementation at a time of forced change
- impact of institutional/programme design changes on students.
The impacts of the earthquake were collated through focus groups with students and staff and data collected on a wiki of changes made as a result of programmes’ re-location to alternative learning spaces.
In presenting the guidelines, Selena and Martin acknowledge that they have been derived from an analysis of only one institution’s experiences and are based on case studies of selected programmes and selected programme changes. Each institution's context will be different.
The guidelines recommend that institutions:
- be prepared for forced change beyond logistical issues and, in the context of this report, be prepared through institutional and staff development to better cope with forced change
- provide resources that will assist the forced change process
- plan methods for collecting and evaluating changes made and the decisions that underpin these changes.
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