As a program, it is critical to schedule courses properly and efficiently manage time. With the curriculum calendar in eCurriculum, learning is consistent and well organized. In eCurriculum’s calendar, administrations can schedule course sessions, general events, and associated student cohorts, groups, and faculty into a calendar. Integrated with Canvas, Google, and Office 365, the curriculum calendar is a useful, advanced tool within the eCurriculum application module.
Curriculum calendars are really “systems by which you define the landmark dates that drive much of the day-to-day business” at an academic institution. Calendars allow faculty and staff to stay up to date in regards to program courses, sessions, events, and among other things, making the curriculum calendars the hub of everything going on at an institution.
With a curriculum calendar, it keeps programs honest about what is being taught and where, ensuring everything is being covered academically. With a curriculum calendar, such as the one in eCurriculum, faculty and staff are more aware of what is going on in the program regarding the scheduling of course sessions and general events. This makes faculty and staff more confident when teaching or speaking to other faculty members and students, as they are aware of what is upcoming.
Curriculum Mapping ties in well with the curriculum calendar as “curriculum mapping amplifies the possibilities for long-range planning, short-term preparation, and clear communication.” When effective mapping and planning takes place, what is being taught is actually recorded and gives insight into what needs to be improved or changed. When building a curriculum calendar it is important to keep four key steps in mind:
- Organize – Effectively plan where and when specific sessions and events are taking place that are associated to students, groups, and faculty members.
- Collaborate – Work together to determine what the best schedule would be for the students and faculty members
- Align – Align scheduling to what best fits the curriculum
- Evaluate – Evaluate the calendar based on the course sessions, general events, students, and faculty members. Go back and revise if necessary
Using eCurriculum’s curriculum calendar effectively saves administrators immense time planning their schedules. It is automated as in all the sessions events created or imported into eCurriculum will auto appear in the calendar. Events can even be rolled over from previous years automatically. Learning becomes incredibly consistent and well organized when built into a calendar format.
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