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Curriculum Mapping as a Way To Establish a European Internal Market for Learning and Teaching. David Massart, EUN The Hague, NL May 19, 2011. Rationale.

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curriculum mapping as a way to establish a european internal market for learning and teaching

Curriculum Mapping as a Way To Establish a European Internal Market for Learning and Teaching

David Massart, EUN

The Hague, NL

May 19, 2011

rationale
Rationale
  • Thanks to EU funding during the last 10 years, Europe has been ‘competing’ on very favourable terms with the USA in terms of access to learning resources (LRE, national portals)
  • However, without a major initiative at European level on the ‘curriculum mapping’ of digital learning resources, there is now a real danger that we will fall seriously behind
rationale cont
Rationale (cont.)
  • Europe does not have an initiative comparable to ASN even though a number of European Ministries of Education at the forefront of content repository development increasingly recognize that curriculum-based discovery is key to ensuring that the majority of teachers begin to exploit digital learning resources and justify the existing investment in eLearning content portals
rationale cont1
Rationale (cont.)
  • Coordinating national efforts (interoperability)
  • National initiatives
    • Denmark
    • France
    • Sweden
    • The Netherlands
objectives
Objectives
  • Create a European bank of curriculum in machine addressable form that:
    • Are based on the extensible ASN framework used in the US and Australia supporting interoperability and tailoring to each nation’s needs
    • Are accurate digital representations of curriculum documents and their component statements (semantic units);
    • Are consistent in form; and
    • Are modelled in RDF and amenable to the emerging Semantic Web and Linked Data principles.
  • Design an extensible framework to support evolving uses
  • Provide open access
  • Support curriculum that is language independent
process
Process
  • MoEs create machine-readable descriptions of their national curriculum
  • Machine-readable curriculum documents and statements are stored as open data in a European bank that supports:
    • Efficient integration of data from disparate resource providers
    • Resource sharing and linking related resources
  • Content providers relate their learning resources to the curriculum learning outcomes provided by the MoEs
  • As learning resources get tagged using different curriculum, it will be possible infer cross-maps between these curriculums
immediate benefits
Immediate Benefits

An instrument for defining across Europe:

  • Instruction (i.e., what is taught in the classroom)
  • Assessment (i.e., what skills are tested) and
  • Relating assessments to instruction.
long term benefits
Long-Term Benefits

In addition to greatly enhanced discovery of relevant learning resources, engagement in a common framework to describe curricula for machine processing will position Europe to participate in mapping initiatives occurring globally. The cross linking of the curricula of nations and their relationships to resources will enable:

  • Better alignment of learning resources and strategies to student assessment based on national learning objectives
  • Development of data-driven decision making mechanisms based on learning objectives (both expected and achieved)
  • Personalization of student learning to meet particular needs through customized maps or trajectories through learning outcomes (and management of the data-intensive nature of such undertakings)
  • Student mobility through e-portfolios representing student achievement aligned to learning outcome expectations and the international cross-mapping of those expectations
  • Sharing/leveraging of eLearning content developed throughout the world based on semantically related learning outcomes
  • Intensive data-driven research into the nature of learning processes as they relate to goals expressed in curricula.
this instrument enables
This instrument enables
  • Content providers to align their learning resources with the different European curricula
  • Ministries of Education to better manage curricula
  • Teachers and learners to perform curriculum-based search for learning resources (something that is simply impossible to do via Google)
  • Policy makers to better monitor and compare curriculum and curriculum-related activities.