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Hans_Tilstra
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Working towards a managed curriculum

One of the challenges a complex organisation such as RMIT faces is the manageability of it's programs and courses. Currently, SAMS does this, but to an extent. Were we to want to make a bold leap, we could consider the potential power of algorithms to reveal many more hidden relationships and potential offerings. One illustration of what this could look like is MIT's curriculum map https://gmap.csail.mit.edu/gmap/public.html . This map is best explored by playing with both the 'horizon' and 'detail' buttons on the right. Note that in MIT's public visualisation, it is already revealing links with accrediting bodies, pre-requisites, courses and disciplines. For RMIT useful data points bringing RMIT together could include ASCED codes, ANZSCO codes, FoR, RMIT subject area codes etc.

 

Another way to visualise what this could look like is http://www.idr.gatech.edu/detail.php?tab=1&id=1

 

An aim would be that we can show each stakeholder how courses relate to programs, and programs relate to vocational clusters, how Units of Competency relate to HE Courses, and how micro-credentials links with relevant 21st century skills.

Dr_Tom
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Re: Working towards a managed curriculum

Hi Hans,

These visual course and program mapping tools are brilliant. If they allow users to drill down and up within RMIT's program offerings and perhaps between them for pathways. The MIT version (as you would expect) is brilliant.

All we need to do is to slip an "R" in front of it for our own version Smiley Happy

 

Such a beautiful tool for staff and students within programs to see the whole structure at a glance and then navigate within it.

 

I love your observation that this can be linked outwards to external entities such as accreditation bodies and registration authorities. How much simpler will it be for those entities to evaluate our offerings with such a tool as MIT's?

Hans_Tilstra
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Re: Working towards a managed curriculum

There is strong interest in this amongst at least two of the two ECP Directors, but that's in RMIT's research realm. And the e-Research Office team already have great technical capability in working with these algoritms.  In academic development, I'm still searching for more 'burning souls'...