Project: Designing the New University of Illinois College of Medicine Curriculum
When: April 2017 – Present
In preparation for the new curriculum that debuted in fall 2017, I presented a design mock-up with a colleague from our Peoria campus to faculty and administration to demonstrate how to create connections between various services that students, staff, and faculty use. This is specific to ‘phase 1’ of the curriculum, which includes the M1 and M2 years.
Ongoing: Iterative design of templates to be used by faculty and administration. These documents are current as of 18 August 2019.
- Activity Template
- Core Case Facilitation Observation Form
- Core Case Facilitation Observation Feedback Template
- Facilitator Guide for In-person Session – Unfolding Case*
- Facilitator Guide for In-person Session – TBL*
- Flipped Classroom Facilitation Observation Form
- Lecture Facilitation Observation Feedback Template
- Lecture Facilitation Observation Form
*We are re-doing these forms and processes as of August 2019.
Blackboard Templates for 3-Campus Use
In addition to the development of these forms, there was a need to create consistency of the look and feel of the learning management system (LMS) that is used in the college, Blackboard. One of the most important aspects was the naming of the courses in Blackboard. The naming conventions needed to be consistent and consecutive, so it would be easy for the faculty, staff, students, and eventually accreditation agencies, to find what is being sought.
Naming Convention of Courses
This is an example of the adopted naming convention:
Illinois Medicine Curriculum Phase 1 (Chicago, Class of 2023)
Phase 1 is the traditional M1-M2 years of education.
Illinois Medicine Curriculum Phase 2 (Chicago, Class of 2021)
Phase 2 is the M3 year of education.
Blackboard Left-hand Navigation
As the curriculum entered the 3rd iteration, accommodations to campus-specific requests had to be addressed.
Here is an example of the original left-hand navigation for the class of 2021.
The order of the tabs for the class of 2021 (the first class in the new curriculum) was consistent across campuses down to “Medical Colloquia.” After this tab, campuses might have had something specific they wanted to display.
This is an example of the modified left-hand navigation for the class of 2023. To accommodate any campus-specific needs, all three campus stakeholders agreed that the top part should remain the same and anything below is ‘fair game,’ within reason (i.e. we don’t want to have a left-hand navigation that is too long).
For the class of 2023, the main tabs remain the same, and additional consistent tabs were added: “Is Echo Down”, “Osmosis”, and “General Phase 1 Information.” Below this section, campuses could include any specific items they felt were important and were unique to their site.