Blackboard Redesign for UICOM Phase 2 Curriculum

The University of Illinois College of Medicine is currently underway in redesigning the curriculum from the ground up. Phase 2 of the curriculum involves what is typically known as the 3rd year of medical school (M3) and required / optional clerkships to complete.

The clerkships on each campus run very independent of each other. The Peoria campus clerkships have not used Blackboard, our learning management system, while Chicago and Rockford campus clerkships have used it. Each clerkship on the Rockford and Chicago campuses use a separate Blackboard shell to house their content. In keeping with the style and design of Phase 1 where all curricular content is house within one Blackboard shell, there are three shells for Phase 2, one for each of the campuses, and all clerkships are housed within it. This is a departure from how it has been done in the past, and a challenge to organize content.

Here are some examples of how I used Lucidchart to diagram the existing curriculum layout in Blackboard for each clerkship, and how it might look in the new design.

Screenshot of LucidChart software
LucidChart for Ob/Gyn Clerkship in Chicago

The beige boxes represent the existing curriculum and specific items that are visible to students.

The coral colored boxes represent the existing curriculum and specific items that are not visible to students.

The blue boxes represent the new curriculum layout.

Chicago Campus

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