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Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum mapping is exactly what it sounds like: it involves mapping out your curriculum to gain a better understanding of when everything is being covered and how topics relate to each other.

Often, curriculums will have certain goals that exist at different levels. For example, a medical curriculum might have the overarching goals of instilling medical knowledge of the human body, cultural competency, and professionalism in its students. Each of these goals will then have subgoals – medical knowledge of the human body might include mastery of human anatomy, human diseases and ailments…

Identifying Gaps and Redundancies

Health science education programs use curriculum mapping to identify and address academic gaps and redundancies in the coverage of key topic areas, accreditation standards, program learning objectives, and graduation outcomes. The mapping of course content or the curriculum as a whole is used to perform an analysis of the effectiveness of the curriculum and to make improvements.

The first step is to map the curriculum. The mapping or alignment process typically consists of breaking each course down into course…

Mapping Your Curriculum to the CBVE Framework

As new approaches to education become more popular, institutions may find it challenging to adapt their curriculum to modern standards. Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) is a recent approach to veterinary education developed by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) that is modeled after medical education.

The CBVE approach is intended to confirm a student’s ability to care for animals and to meet the expectations placed upon veterinarians by society. CBVE focuses on outcomes-based and learner-centered education and assessment to promote…

Adapting Curriculum for USMLE Changes

In November 2019, NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners) announced “Beginning in mid-2020, the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examinations will include an increased number of questions assessing communication skills, system-based practice and patient safety, and legal/ethical skills and professionalism.“

Medical schools now must decide how to address this change and prepare students for the increased number of questions in those content areas. Some schools have already been preparing a curriculum structure and tracking process…

Curriculum Calendar

As a program, it is critical to schedule courses properly and efficiently manage time. With the curriculum calendar in eCurriculum, learning is consistent and well organized. In eCurriculum’s calendar, administrations can schedule course sessions, general events, and associated student cohorts, groups, and faculty into a calendar.

Integrated with Canvas, Google, and Office 365, the curriculum calendar is a useful, advanced tool within the eCurriculum application module. Curriculum calendars are really “systems by which you define the landmark dates that drive much of the day-to-day…

Syllabus Generation

Syllabi are incredibly important at the beginning of the year as they set expectations, course objectives, explain grades, and other course details. Without a syllabus, a course may not be structured correctly. With tools such as the Syllabus Generator in eCurriculum, syllabi can be generated efficiently and correctly.

Kicking off the first week of a semester, syllabus week is extremely informative for students. Syllabi detail information regarding instructor information, reading material and supplies, policies, and the class schedule. Without these “instructions,” faculty…

Security Access to System Data and Function

It is no surprise that enterprise-level systems with hundreds of different functions present many complicated challenges. Managing various levels of access to data and functions within the system for different types of users is one of these challenges, and one that people outside the field may not have given much consideration.

There are thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of users that could be using a system . This can lead to potentially hundreds of groups of users, each needing to be able to only access different sets of functions and data. It could easily take hundreds of hours to set up a system’s security if one had to approve each point…

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Find out how eCurriculum can improve your school’s curriculum mapping efficiency and provide insights on your curriculum’s gaps and overlaps.