Critical approaches to the hidden curriculum in music with hybrid learning

Eli Appleby-Donald, Nikki Moran

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We will demonstrate features of a new Level 7 course in musical literacy to explore how online learning can be brought into on-campus teaching. Of interest to delegates concerned with hybrid learning, with critical approaches to the ‘hidden curriculum’, or curious about music education (no expertise required):

Flipped-classroom design builds on the international success of the Fundamentals of Music Theory (2014) MOOC, one of UoE’s most significant Coursera ventures
Transition from MOOC to core course in Music’s new BMus curriculum included revisions to tackle the ‘hidden curriculum’ behind musical literacy education
Digital learning features: interactive pre-enrolment site (‘Should I take this course?’); re-use and expansion of existing MOOC video lecture content; full integration of Learn quiz platform for both formative learning and summative testing; in-class computer-based exams; formative group video presentation projects.
Year 1 course designers often face unpredictable and uneven learner profiles. In Music, we see wide variability in musical literacy, typically related to the extent and type of performance experience acquired during school years. The problem is compounded: HE Music has historically relied upon the creative, analytic and descriptive utility of music notation as a core disciplinary skill, but a ‘hidden curriculum’ behind much formal music education fosters inequalities that limit both opportunity and attainment by tertiary education. So, if we still want to teach this, what else needs re-thinking? The workshop will include hands-on demos and facilitated discussions to draw on delegates’ own expertise in digital innovation and critical curriculum issues. Can we identify common problems across subjects, and find solutions in hybrid learning?

**For this virtual workshop session, we have created materials that you can access before and after the conference, including the presentation slides as well as sample teaching content, videos, and interactive sample quizzes. Please visit for details. We also have a discussion board – please feel free to comment and leave questions ahead of the live session.**
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2020
EventLearning and Teaching Conference 2020: Curriculum Futures - online (due to Covid-19), Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jun 202025 Jun 2020


ConferenceLearning and Teaching Conference 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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