Process of revising CSJMM’s curriculum

The faculty’s major task from January to April—in addition to teaching—is revising the curriculum. With the help of Tamuna Gabisonia, journalism education officer for IREX and Tamuna Kakulia, project manager for IREX, we created a 20-step action plan for accomplishing our goals. We’ve completed or almost completed these steps:

• Assess the need for a revised curriculum. We conducted several focus groups of CSJMM students and alumni, and we interviewed media managers in Tbilisi.

• Analyze this data and review program goals and objectives. We analyzed tis data and we rewrote the mission statement for the MA-Journalism program.

• Prepare questions for the Accreditation Department. After learning as much as we could from studying the website for the Ministry of Education, and after discussing the revision process, we created a list of questions.

• Meet with a representative from the Accreditation Department. We met with Giorgi Tskhvediani, head of Georgia’s Accreditation Department, and I wrote about our useful meeting in an earlier blog post.

• Using the Ministry of Education’s Qualifications Framework to develop program-level learning outcomes. We need to do this to ensure that our mission statement matches our program learning outcomes. We should vote to approve this document on March 12.

• Develop a marketing report on the need for our type of MA-Journalism program. Jaba Bokuchava, CSJMM’s marketing manager, is working on this report.

• Develop a list of courses, their prerequisites, the number of credit hours for each course, and a schedule of when these courses will be taught. We are completing this process. In spring we should be able to publish a 2-year calendar of courses on CSJMM’s website. We’re very excited about some of the new courses we are creating.

• Map the program-level learning outcomes onto the list of courses. We need to do this to ensure that our program-level learning outcomes are met in one or more courses.

We still need to work on following steps:

• Define rules for awarding alternative credits.

• Develop brief course descriptions.

• Develop a grading system (we do not need to change GIPA’s existing grading system).

• Develop a structure and guidelines for final projects. In the new curriculum, all students will complete two different types of final projects—a research project and a practical project.

• Develop syllabuses for each course. Each syllabus will include learning outcomes policies, readings, schedule of class activities, teaching methods, and assessment tools.

• Review and possibly revise program-level learning outcomes given the new courses and syllabuses.

• Define career opportunities for graduates from the MA-Journalism program.

• Define future academic opportunities for graduates from the MA-Journalism program.

• Define admission requirements.

• Define scholarship requirements.

• Describe teaching methods used in the MA-Journalism program.

• Describe resources available for implementing the MA-Journalism program. This report includes human resources, library and journal resources, equipment and software, and so on.

And then we’ll rest.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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