Curriculum development is where an educator plans learning activities and assessments that create meaningful and engaging learning experiences. The goal of curriculum development is to deliver high-quality lessons that help students achieve set learning outcomes. With input from their department, educators plan units of study, design evidence-based teaching practices to engage students, and select course readings and exercises to meet the needs of students with various interests and abilities.
Curriculum development includes crafting learning outcomes, assessments and activities to create high-quality course experiences. This multi-step process may also include amending the existing course shell created by previous instructors. There are three widely accepted models for curriculum development including subject-centered, problem-centered and learner-centered.