Not wanting to be too depressing, but natural disasters can affect anyone, anywhere. It is a positive outcome of the earthquakes in Christchurch to see a practical guide being written that suggests how institutions can prepare for such disasters...before they happen.
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:
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:
Dr Selena Chan and Martin Jenkins – Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Date completed: August 2012
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