CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT

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?

What it does?

Our specialized uAssessment software helps higher education institutions to achieve their fundamental purpose,

namely, to ensure that students who complete a given study plan acquire those competencies and learning objectives defined in their graduate profile.

At the curriculum design stage, uAssessment ensures that the curriculum

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.

To achieve this, uAssessment offers a platform designed specially for collaboration

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.

During each academic period, uAssessment assembles a detailed register of the learning outcomes acquired

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.

Benefits

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:

Improved quality of educational offering:

design of curricula and course programs that reflect graduate profiles.
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n addition, by collecting data regarding student learning outcomes and relating them to expected progress in each of the relevant competencies, uAssessment provides key evidence with which to evaluate the education provided and formulate measures to improve it. This process can be repeated periodically as part of continuous improvement cycles.

Improved implementation of competency-based training:

despite widespread adoption of this approach by institutions, the majority continue to observe a stark disconnect
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between the model, implementation thereof, and the results obtained. Competency-based training tends to involve numerous administrative tasks (e.g., form filling), and these are made considerably more straightforward by uAssessment, leaving institutions free to concentrate on the essential aspects of the approach and to maximize improvement in teaching quality.

Improved labor market alignment:

for each study plan, uAssessment facilitates analysis of the profiles sought by the labor market,
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how these compare with other profiles (established by the institution itself, accreditation bodies, etc.), and how they can be integrated effectively into the curriculum.

Greater flexibility of study plans:

by associating curricula and course programs with competencies,
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uAssessment is able to present a choice of education routes, all of which will result in the desired graduate profile.

More straightforward accreditation

of both the institution and its programs: a considerable part of the accreditation process relates to collection and
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organization of information concerning each study plan. With uAssessment, institutions have access to all of this documentation via a single, well organized, and easily accessible platform.

How does it work?

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.

COMPETENCY MATRIX

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.

Our Clients

More than 70 educational institutions trust u-planner solutions, ranging from small and medium institutions up to the most prestigious and highly ranked universities.