The University of Washington School of Dentistry (UWSOD) has been a leader in providing students education in the areas of Endodontics, Oral Health Sciences, Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology, Orthodontics, and Pediatric Dentistry since its founding in 1945. As UWSOD has grown and expanded, it has continued to focus on providing the most innovative curriculum to students through community-based education and an integrative curriculum that incorporates all of these fields of study.
Throughout the past few years, UWSOD has had two main curricular goals: 1. to center its curriculum and competencies around the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) Standards and 2. to further integrate its courses in the different fields to give students the most well-rounded dental education possible. This has required a complete overhaul of the curriculum, and starting with its next class of students, the new curriculum will take effect. This, of course, has provided challenges, such as comprehensively comparing the old and new curricula. UWSOD really needed a way to identify where and how its topics and competencies were being covered, and although able to gather this data from faculty, the hard part was actually making the data useful for comparison.
eCurriculum also has unlimited archiving so that users can go back through the years to see what worked and where improvements had been made. Users have the ability to track exactly what the students are learning alongside the nationally set standards to keep students and instructors on track for success.
When UWSOD heard about eCurriculum HE from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, the key anchors to this curricular redesign jumped at the opportunity. One thing that made the curriculum mapping project successful was the School’s streamlined approach to collecting the data related to the custom topics, competencies, teaching methods and assessment methods for each course. UWSOD released a survey allowing faculty members to define these items for each of their courses. Once it was compiled and available, UWSOD sent the data for the old curriculum to AllofE, so the implementation team could enter the data into eCurriculum and configure the system around the School’s custom tracking requirements. This took the data entry off of their plate and has allowed them to start running reports rather than waiting for the already busy faculty and staff to enter the initial information.
Moving forward, faculty can view the old curriculum and add their courses for the new curriculum into the system, defining the new competencies they are covering and how they are delivering content to students.
Once the new curriculum unfolds, the School will be able to achieve its comparison goals. With records for the old and new curricula, they will be able to see what had been covered in the past and how it is being addressed in the new courses. They can also identify gaps with the new competencies for the courses to make sure they’re covering all of their bases for accreditation and their own objectives.
And as time goes on, they can use eCurriculum to see how their changes to the courses affect student performance and the chronology of their topics and competencies.