How Curriculum Mapping Software Can Make Higher Education Collaborative
Complex questions and diverse viewpoints come up when you bring faculty together to work on a curriculum. Even when the team genuinely wants to contribute to the process and you’ve made sure that they have the support services they need to do the work, there will still be obstacles to overcome.
Instructors balance several roles: teaching, research, service. With this kind of workload, it’s hard to get transparency into who is teaching what within different sections of courses, let alone across a program.
And, at many schools, faculty members often find themselves in a competitive, individualistic, and driven environment that doesn’t lend itself easily to collaboration.
What’s more, digging into the knotty questions behind the collaborative work in curriculum mapping is a challenge in itself.
How does the team define the school culture? Where is the handoff between academic freedom and delivering the required data to prove accreditation and standards?
How do instructors and program chairs reinforce good practice and process for delivering quality learning experiences for their students?
How can faculty and staff work together cross-functionally toward common goals and leave each other alone to achieve individual goals?
Collaboration is key is for a program to thrive. Even though it might run counter to the general culture in higher ed, it’s important that faculty members are clear on what the milestones and areas of focus are and be able to move forward with them.
A Tool that Bolsters Teamwork
An effective way to bring instructors together is through curriculum mapping software that promotes inclusiveness and cooperative interaction.
Through the work of aligning and articulating the curriculum, well-designed software allows team members to work together anytime, anywhere. This is especially valuable when it’s difficult to set up common meeting times for the group.
Besides encouraging team members to communicate on their terms, an added advantage is that each participant knows where she or he is in the process and what needs to be done. And if new team members should be added, it’s a snap to invite them into the conversation and set the right permissions for access.
How CourseTune Boosts Collaboration in Curriculum Mapping
We’ve touched on a couple of the basic ways that good curriculum mapping software promotes collaboration among team members. But CourseTune offers even more benefits that help team members work together better.
For example, each person has the freedom to contribute to the learning objective conversation through comments, suggestions, and feedback. These responses can be converted into a to-do list by moving it to a “planned” status for a later version of a course.
Participants can suggest and approve changes in learning objectives before the course is offered again. Also when a team member has submitted a suggestion, the software provides automatic, in-product notifications so the rest of the team can respond.
Another way these valuable exchanges are kept for later is through saved conversation histories. The momentum of the curriculum mapping discussion continues when the software makes it simple to capture course ideas on the fly.
From a practical standpoint, CourseTune’s version control enhances collaboration. If everyone is looking at the same version, then it’s easy for everyone to talk about it.
CourseTune was created by educators whose goal is to transform instructional design into an effective yet cooperative process. To learn about how it can improve your team’s collaboration, contact us for a free demo today.