IMPROVES CURRICULUM, COURSE DESIGN AND COLLECTS DATA RELATING TO STUDENT LEARNING
Does the design of your institution’s curricula and courses seem to get more complex each year? Are there always new administrative requirements that require coordination and additional personnel?
Is there a lack of reliable and detailed records regarding students’ learning outcomes that would be of enormous help in guiding and improving the educational offering?
namely, to ensure that students who complete a given study plan acquire those competencies and learning objectives defined in their graduate profile.
of each study plan covers all aspects of the graduate profile and that each course program conforms to this curriculum. Finally, it ensures that each syllabus—within which the teacher specifies the course content and assessment mechanism—is in line with its respective course program.
between the various parties involved in the planning exercise. The institution is able to define the processes involved in the task, as well as those individuals responsible for approval at each stage.
by students, providing key data with which to evaluate the design and execution of study plans and, in turn, with which to formulate measures to improve the quality of teaching.
uAssessment provides rapid and straightforward design of curricula and course programs and facilitates the collection of data regarding student learning outcomes. More importantly, it contributes to a significant improvement in the design and monitoring of curricula, yielding considerable benefits to institutions:
uAssessment is designed so that definitions for graduate profile, curricula, course programs, and improvement plans can be created collaboratively by all of the relevant parties and in accordance with processes that can be defined by the institution.
Although each institution will use uAssessment slightly differently, a number of fundamental steps are typically involved:
The institution establishes a set of competencies, expertise or learning objectives that each student should develop or achieve as part of the successful completion of a given study plan.
A central element of uAssessment is the ‘competency matrix’, which brings together the competencies themselves and the degrees of proficiency therein (basic, intermediate and advanced).
A competency matrix is used to define the graduate profile for the study plan and each constituent course. During the definition of a graduate profile, uAssessment allows the team to view and compare multiple matrices covering, for example, transversal competencies, disciplinary competencies, or competencies defined by a certain industry or accreditation body.
Once the graduate profile has been finalized, the institution must define the sequence of courses that will be used to achieve this profile and, for each course, the enrolment and pass criteria, content, competencies that should be developed, assessment mechanisms, etc.
Using its competency matrices, uAssessment is able to check that the course sequence is conducive to achievement of the graduate profile. It also helps with the design of flexible courses in which the student can choose between different course sequences, all of which are favorable to achievement of the graduate profile.
Once a given course program has been designed, each teacher is able to define their own syllabus, namely the content, teaching methods and assessment mechanisms involved. uAssessment enables both the institution and the teachers themselves to verify that each syllabus conforms to the requirements of its respective course program.
uAssessment makes it possible to collate the results of the assessments completed by each student and to determine their progress towards achievement of the competencies set out in the study plan. This information can be accessed by the students themselves and by the institution (typically at the aggregate level by cohort, campus, etc.) for use as evidence of the results obtained through the implementation of its study plans.
Based on the information collected at the previous stage, the institution can conduct diagnostics of both the design and implementation of its study plans in order to identify room for improvement in areas such as the design of curricula and courses, the allocation of teachers, and the assessment mechanisms used.
uAssessment enables the collaborative design of improvement plans and, once these have been implemented, supports collection of data relating to the results obtained, thus forming the basis of cycles of continuous improvement to teaching.
More than 70 educational institutions trust u-planner solutions, ranging from small and medium institutions up to the most prestigious and highly ranked universities.