Dilly Fung is Professor of Higher Education Development and Academic Director of the Arena Centre for Research-Based Education at UCL. Drawing on her long career as an educator in both further and higher education, she leads a team that focuses on advancing research-based education at UCL and beyond. Fung also speaks regularly across the UK and internationally about research-based education. Prior to moving to UCL, Dilly worked with us here at Exeter, and we’re delighted to see her Connected Curriculum available for free download. From the publishers:
‘Is it possible to bring university research and student education into a more connected, more symbiotic relationship? If so, can we develop programmes of study that enable faculty, students and ‘real world’ communities to connect in new ways? In this accessible book, Dilly Fung argues that it is not only possible but also potentially transformational to develop new forms of research-based education. Presenting the Connected Curriculum framework already adopted by UCL, she opens windows onto new initiatives related to, for example, research-based education, internationalisation, the global classroom, interdisciplinarity and public engagement.
A Connected Curriculum for Higher Education is, however, not just about developing engaging programmes of study. Drawing on the field of philosophical hermeneutics, Fung argues how the Connected Curriculum framework can help to create spaces for critical dialogue abouteducational values, both within and across existing research groups, teaching departments and learning communities. Developing synergies between research and education can empower faculty and students from all backgrounds to engage with diversity and contribute to the global common good by developing people as critical citizens.’
We’d love to hear your thoughts about this one – leave us a comment to let us know how you might integrate Dilly’s work into your practice.