Curriculum Mapping
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Curriculum Mapping
General Alignments
Aligning is the process of tying standards to when they will be covered in courses. Assessments can then be mapped to these alignments, helping to track both when information is being taught and then assessed. The process of aligning helps to ensure that courses and assessments are in line with the program’s overall goals.
Typical Alignments
There are a wide variety of standards that educational programs use. Even within the health sciences, a medical program will have different standards than a dental program, and likely even from another medical program. One program might even be using multiple sets of standards or may decide to switch standards. eCurriculum can accommodate a wide variety of standard types depending on the program’s specific needs. Typical program mappings that have been supported include:
    • ARC-PA Standards
    • NCCPA Content Blueprint Tasks
    • NCCPA Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession
    • Medical Topics
    • Bloom’s Extended Taxonomy
    • MeSH Descriptors
    • USMLE Content Outline
    • AAMC Standardized Instructional Methods
    • AAMC Standardized Assessment Methods
    • AAMC Standardized Resource Types
    • AAMC Physician Competency Reference Set
    • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
    • CODA DEP Standards
    • ADEA Competencies for the New General Dentist
    • JCNDE Foundation Knowledge for the New General Dentist
    • AACOM Core Competencies For Medical Students
    • NBOME COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint
    • NBOME Patient Presentations
    • NBOME Physician Tasks
    • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
    • AVMA Core Competencies
    • NAVLE Subjects
    • Species Group
    • APTA Normative Model
    • CAPTE Evaluative Criteria
    • NPTE Content Outline
    • Bloom’s Extended Taxonomy
Ways of Aligning
Aligning to Different Levels
Non-Standard Alignments
Single Vs. Multi Alignments
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Aligning to Different Levels
Aligning can be done at different levels: programs may be mapping courses to program-level objectives, and/or mapping sessions to course-level objectives. When aligning is happening at multiple levels (i.e., the course level and session level), it can be hierarchical. So, if course objectives CO1, CO2, and CO3 map to program objective PO1, then any sessions mapped to course objective CO1 will also be mapped to program objective PO1. Some programs prefer to map exclusively to the course level for the sake of efficiency, while others prefer to map to the session level to be more thorough and prepared for accreditation.
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Non-Standard Alignments
In addition to standard alignments such as those listed above, programs may choose to implement and manage their own alignments, such as topics or disciplines. These function similarly to keywords, allowing the program to essentially tag courses and sessions that cover them. When this has been done, courses can then be assessed on how much each topic/discipline is being covered and if there are any gaps (in addition to running reports on this data).
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Single Vs. Multi Alignments
Programs may choose to use single alignments or multi alignments. Single alignments align a concept to one specific standard. Multi alignments align a concept to a group or collection of standards. Single alignments are more simple and more common, while multi alignments can sometimes be useful to show the relationship between standards.
Not only can objectives be aligned to standards, but individual questions in examN+ can be aligned to standards and objectives as well. This allows for more thorough mapping of when standards or objectives are being assessed, and users can run reports to easily see how students are performing on questions related to certain standards or objectives. Additionally, when creating tests, questions can be searched for based on their alignments (whether standard, objective, or customized topics/disciplines).
Similar to the alignment in examN+, specific rubric criteria from evaluations completed in eValuate+ can also be tied to standards. Reports can again be run on the data to show how students are performing on specific standards. While examN+ reports offer information on student performance on assessments, eValuate+ reports usually offer information on student performance in the clinical setting. Administrators can then assess how well their curriculum and assessments are preparing students to apply their skills in the field.
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