Curriculum Mapping Through Student Crowdsourcing

May 20, 2014 9:45 - 11:15am

Hollis Lai, PhD1, Radu Vestemean, PhD2, Tracey Hillier, MD1 
1University of Alberta, 2Knowledge4You Corp.

In medical education, curriculum mapping is an important exercise for ensuring alignment between intended pedagogical designs and delivery of educational content. With an increasing specificity on curriculum design, curriculum information requires a robust database solution for processing and storage. Substantial resources to support curriculum mapping is not readily available. As the number of objectives and tracked session increases, the mapping of curriculum information is becoming unfeasible as an expert only task. Recently, rise of social media have brought forward the idea of distributed information collection, crowdsourcing for curriculum mapping. The purpose of our study is to demonstrate the use of student crowdsourcing as a method for collecting curriculum mapping information. Five taxonomies composed of over 400 attributes were mapped to the first year undergraduate medical program with over 500 unique sessions. A group of ten students were recruited to map attributes to each event in a distributed manner. Multiple students are assigned to the same form to determine inter-rater consistency of coding. Outcomes from the mapping exercise will be demonstrated in the presentation. In sum, a crowdsourcing solution for curriculum mapping allow large amounts of information to be collected in a real time manner, engaging student on learning about their curriculum in a more comprehensive manner, and more importantly allow feedback to guide curriculum changes.