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Gather Data

The data gathering phase is very important because data can be used to obtain support from your departmental leadership, as well as help to inform the direction of your curriculum redesign. Data can be used to identify knowledge and skills gaps within your current curriculum, and it can also ensure that your actions are supported by evidence. During this step, both internal data (student and faculty) as well as external data (industry and/or peer institutions) are collected. A literature review of educational trends in your discipline is also conducted. The Center for Teaching Excellence, in collaboration with the disciplinary graduate assistant, conduct the data collection and analysis and report findings to the redesign team. At this phase, IRB (Institutional Review Board) training is also completed to ensure that all team members can conduct scholarly investigations regarding the team’s curriculum efforts.