Where will your curriculum data live? The answer is not a one-size-fits-all one. Like all the factors that go into a house hunt, finding the right place to store your curriculum data requires your institution to mull many important questions.
CI's Technical Platform
You will need a technical platform for your CI data to live, and that technical platform needs to produce a CI data file that is in full compliance with the MedBiquitous technical standards, including required and optional elements.
Just as people can choose a variety of types of homes to live in, whether it’s a studio apartment in a large city or a house in a sprawling suburb, the home you choose will vary depending on your life’s goals – e.g., a short commute, a big backyard, etc. So too with your CI, there are multiple types of “homes” (i.e., technical platforms) you can choose. Each one will come with pluses and minuses.
To decide your CI “home” for the future, we suggest going back to the goals you identified in Chapter 1 and considering which CI technical platform will help you to meet your goals. Perhaps you need a CI that will be easily searchable by your students, or a CI that is integrated with your students’ calendars.
Review your school’s goals for curriculum mapping.
With each step in the CI building process, it may be helpful to seek guidance (e.g., advice and lessons learned) from schools who have been successful in this area – this is especially true before choosing a technical platform. Remember that once you have your CI data in a technical platform, it may be challenging to remove it and start over if you change your mind down the road. Because curriculum can change rapidly and regularly, you will want a system that can adapt as your curriculum evolves.
Contact other schools to collect lessons learned about their technical platforms.
Historically, one third of schools who participate in the AAMC CI program use their own institutionally developed systems. When building their own institutionally developed systems, a relatively simple system, like an Access database, may be sufficient to meet the AAMC CI standards and your school’s CI goals. Others may want a system with more bells and whistles. Going back to the goals you identified in Chapter 1 may help narrow your options. If you are curious about pursuing an institutionally developed system, consider reaching out to the curriculum community to get feedback from schools who have developed their own systems.
If you choose to build an institutionally developed system, it will be important to consult the technical standards on the CI in Resources for CI Developers. You may wish to refer to your list of data points to be collected (Chapter 1, question 2). In general, the AAMC CI collects data typically found in a CMS or LMS. It does not collect things like curriculum policy, individualized student data, or assessment and evaluation outcomes.