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The Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) is the Central European University's external and internal resource, consultancy, and training unit in curriculum development and related issues with a special emphasis on social science and the humanities in post-communist higher education systems. The CRC is a part of Special and Extension Programs (SEP), CEU's Outreach Department and future Department of Continuing Education.
To develop the 'Scholar in the Classroom' concept within the post-communist higher education systems in order to form a bridge between research and the classroom, global approaches and the local context, the state of the discipline and the learning experience, universal knowledge and critical thinking. At the center of this vision is the internationalization of the curriculum based on the CEU experience.
Whilst the CRC aims to provide support from the introductory to the advanced level, our primary focus is on the deepening of professional skills in curriculum and related issues, and the exploration of the scholarship of teaching (*), particularly within a collaborative framework with our strategic partners. To this end, as a long-term goal, the CRC plans to become part of a future department of continuing education of the Central European University.
The strategic goals of the CRC are:
The 'scholarship of teaching' approach in higher education contributes to the professionalisation of course design and course implementation in order to make possible the continuous and self-reflexive development of the teaching academic. The scholarship of teaching puts the focus on the teaching aspect of an academic profession in a way that parallels and balances the research aspect: teaching is an informed enquiry into the subject matter, designed around key debates and issues, asking specific questions of the content. However, a course also needs to be contextualised for the needs of a particular student body and educational system/region/university, implemented with attention to student learning experience and evaluated self-reflexively in order to feed back into the course design. Moreover, courses produced with this approach in mind become a shared academic resource that are valuable in providing a means of academic quality control and peer evaluation of teaching.
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