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Table 3 Indicators of curriculum viability, comprising standards as well as inhibitors of curriculum quality, that have been reported in the literature

From: Determining ‘curriculum viability’ through standards and inhibitors of curriculum quality: a scoping review

Article Curriculum viability indicators
1. Unravelling quality culture in higher education: a realist review [42] Standards of Curriculum quality
• Strategy for continuous improvement
• Quality management systems
• Staff and student involvement in organisational decision-making
• Consideration of evolving student demands
• Clear policies, procedures, systems, responsibilities
• Flexible, people-oriented cultures
• Presence of various cultures
• Shared (educational) quality values
• Leadership commitment and skills
• Allocation of resources
• Creation of partnerships, leaders’ ability to influence people and process management
• Creation of climate of trust and sharedunderstanding
• Ability to perform multiple roles
• Setting and communication of policies
• Communication/information for quality
• Provision of information on strategies and policies
• Clear task requirements and responsibilities
Inhibitors of Curriculum quality
• Lack of staff and student involvement in organisational decision-making
• Failure to respond to evolving student demands
• Lack of policies, procedures, systems, responsibilities
• Lack of resources
• Rigid, control-oriented cultures
• Top-down approaches to quality management implementation
• Presence of strong disciplinary cultures
• Research culture that undervalues education
• Focus on inspection and control
• Leaders acting as information gatekeepers
• No/insufficient sharing of best practices across the organisation
• Lack of appropriate communication channels
2. Implementing an online curriculum for medical education: examining the critical factors for success [43] Standards of Curriculum Quality
• Curriculum design
• Instructional feedback
• Curriculum implementation
• Media features
• Integration
• Time
• Learner-centred environment
Inhibitors of Curriculum quality
• Inappropriate level of curriculum content
• Low-quality quizzes
• Technological barriers
• User interface barriers
• Low-quality integration
• Perceived lack of sufficient time
• Trainee resistance to new curriculum
• Lack of social interaction