Curriculum Navigator | Decision Academic

By: Decision Academic  09-12-2011
Keywords: white paper, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Management

As a curriculum development and management solution, Curriculum Navigator is able to readily scale to the requirements of any mid-size to multi-institution/multi-campus state wide system and institution.

Frequently described as being complex and ineffective, traditional/manual paper-based methods of managing the curriculum provided limited visibility, resulting in a restricted view of the stages involved in the creation, change and approval of courses and degree content. Curriculum Navigator eliminates this complexity by speeding the curriculum development and approval process by more than 80 percent compared to traditional paper-based methods.

When used in conjunction with Catalog Navigator, it provides an optimum solution for a student-facing library of information that enables them to start paving their degree path. Advisors and administrators on the other hand, use both Curriculum Navigator and Catalog Navigator to develop and publicly provide curriculum data for their prospective and current students. Together, they are a powerful and complete, integrated solution for both staff and students.

Overcoming the amount of time that resources are obligated to devote to the development and approval of course and degree content and the lack of control over this process, Curriculum Navigator provides:

  • Access to a single source curriculum data repository
  • Course and Degree Capture - Editing, Saving, Submit
  • Automated approval routing and notifications
  • Access revision and change management history
  • Real time tracking of Work in Process

A college or university’s ability to efficiently manage curriculum changes is typically hampered by a variety of cumbersome legacy processes. A Decision Academic white paper called “Course Management: From Proposal to Publication” offers insight into what an integrated curriculum and catalog solution should offer.  The paper considers these issues in the context of course introductions and changes, but similar considerations would apply to degree and program workflows. The paper also provides an overview of how Navigator Suite operates to improve efficiency, accuracy and visibility throughout the curriculum value chain.

"Curriculum Navigator will increase efficiency by automating a very manual and labour intensive process that is prone to human error, providing a simple single interface that will increase consistency in the information required to submit a request. It will allow us to quickly adapt our curriculum to student and market demand and dramatically increase the efficiency and visibility of the curriculum creation, change and approval process across the university. It will also provide smooth integration between our curriculum management system and the SIS and online registration tool, Rabaska. These capabilities will enable us to deliver student value and give us a competitive edge."

Michel Biagé, Assistant Director, Student IT Services, University of Ottawa

Keywords: Catalog Navigator, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Management, white paper,

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