One of your faculty is preparing a lecture on diabetes in a Immunology course next week. She asks you, “What have students already learned about diabetes?” — She doesn’t want to frustrate your students by presenting content that they’ve already seen. You know that students have covered aspects of diabetes in at least three other courses, but you’re not sure which courses and which topics were covered in those courses. What do you do?
Compared to that of a standard four-year degree program, the curriculum of a medical education program is a different beast. Stakeholders from different departments and backgrounds all contribute different pieces to the curriculum, and those pieces are never confined to a specific module that each person controls.
Because of this, each faculty member, administrator, and course director has a different way of storing curriculum data. Data is often spread across Word documents, Excel sheets, and other dispersed files. This prevents you from reporting data in a meaningful way, either for accreditation or for general quality improvement. It also keeps you from seeing curriculum drift, as content and objectives change in response to student feedback and faculty updates. CurricMap is designed to solve these problems by giving you one clear picture of your curriculum.
Centralize and collaborate across your curriculum
One curriculum map, across all your learning experiences
CurricMap is a central repository where users can see what’s being taught, where, and by whom. All of your learning experiences are captured in a single database that contains a hierarchical representation of your entire curriculum. You map every learning experience using standardized objectives and mapping lists, and you can see which instructional and assessment methods are used for which events, how each event’s objectives roll up to your program-level outcomes, and which topics are covered where.
Course directors, instructors, and administrators all play different roles in putting your curriculum together. You can decide who can make changes to which aspects of the curriculum using custom roles. For example, you may want course directors to map the events in their courses, but you may only want instructors to be able to modify the objectives of the events they teach. If you want to tightly control your curriculum data, you can lock down access to just your administrative staff.
View-only access for all stakeholders, including students
One of the most valuable aspects of a curriculum map is its ability to help students and faculty prepare for their important events. Students can search and navigate the curriculum map to find relevant content and teaching objectives for upcoming tests. Faculty can see which objectives they are responsible for teaching, and can collaborate with course directors through the curriculum roles.
Adapt to new curriculum initiatives
Whether you are rolling out an entirely new curriculum, a longitudinal curriculum track, or a new content area, you can use CurricMap to plan and map the structure of that initiative alongside your existing curriculum.
Answer questions about the curriculum when they come up
Answer questions about the curriculum quickly
If a faculty member asked, “where have we taught diabetes this year?”, you are just a search away from narrowing down on the specific events and objectives that were taught around diabetes. Better yet, you would also have insight into upcoming events on diabetes, which would help your faculty member place her lecture in the right context.
Run detailed analysis for ongoing quality improvement
Real curriculum management is a systematic discipline of analyzing curriculum data and making curriculum changes. This often happens in regular curriculum committee meetings. With CurricMap’s export tools and gap analysis reports, you’ll be prepared for your curriculum committee meetings with detailed reports on assessment coverage, teaching types, and program objective traceability.
Ensure you’ll pass your next accreditation
Without central oversight over your curriculum, you run the risk of a black mark on your next accreditation. Schools are increasingly held accountable for problems resulting from a lack of centralization and standardization across their curricula. Without one central curriculum database in place, your program is at risk when it comes to accreditation. CurricMap can get all your data in one place, so you can show your accreditors how everything fits together. And it’ll save you a last minute rush, too!
Make the right tradeoffs
Balance data volume with usefulness
Having an excruciatingly detailed curriculum map is a medical education researcher’s dream … and many curriculum maps start off with this expectation. The reality, though, is that keeping a curriculum map up to date is a lot of work! Our experienced staff will help you make the right tradeoffs between what data you need, what data you’d like, and what is best for your program today.
Work with our experienced curriculum management project team
The one45 staff who work on CurricMap have mapped many curricula over the years. These curricula range from traditional degree programs to multi-stream/multi-track longitudinal curricula. We can advise you on how to best set your data up, so that it’s easy to maintain and gives your faculty, students, and administrators the best value. We’ll help you roll-out multiple editor scenarios at the right rate, and to optimize which reports work best for your internal processes.