What is Scholarly-Inspired Curriculum?

Scholarly Inspired Curriculum involves designing engaging learning environments and experiences to inspire our students to think creatively, critically and engage in debates and discussions.  It aims to empower students to become producers and contributors of knowledge and apply this to positively impact others. 

Students learn more effectively in environments where educators are passionate and enthusiastic about their field and create active student-centred learning experiences. Educators model the processes of inquiry and continuous learning to inspire our students to be curious about the process of developing and applying new knowledge. Furthermore, we endeavour to foster students’ awareness of the value of a university education and scholarship that enriches our communities.  

What are some examples of practice?

Ways to engage students with research-based approaches include: 

  • Research-focused curriculum
  • Developing research skills
  • Research inquiry
  • Research analysis

We aspire for all Griffith courses to be research-informed. This provides opportunities to develop our students’ critical thinking and analytic capabilities and to model that ‘higher education’ is the valuable synergy of research, teaching and practice. 

Course Design Standards


We found our curriculum on evidence-informed knowledge and work to inspire our students to be curious about the process of developing new knowledge and applying this to positively impact others.

Why is Scholarly-Inspired Curriculum important?

Students in learning environments which incorporate a context-appropriate mix of research-led activities with educators who demonstrate that ‘they too are continuing to learn’, are more willing to examine their own assumptions in the light of evidence, enhance their capacity for critical thinking and analysis, formulate their own research questions and develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of their discipline and its ethical applications.  

What digital tools might be useful?

  • Data searchesZotero, Educational databases (ERIC, SciMago), Bibliometrics
  • Data analyticsGoogle analytics
  • Data visualisationoi, Gliffy
  • Data Handling/ProcessingMATLAB, SPSS, NVivo, Graph Pad Prism, Leximancer, SciFlow
  • Task managementTrello, WorkFlowy, Popplet, Todoist
  • Notebookingelectronic notebooks, OneNote
  • Reference managementEndnote, Mendeley, RefWorks
  • Collaboration: MS Teams, Office 365

Where could I learn more?