Those of you that follow the PiP blog may be interested to note that Jim Everett will be presenting a short paper at the IADIS WWW/Internet Conference (18-21 October, Madrid) on the technical approach adopted by the PiP Project in its development of C-CAP. The paper, entitled, "An incremental approach to technology-support curriculum design and approval", provides a case study of an incremental, lightweight technical approach to technology-supported curriculum design using OOB solutions ("out of the box"). This approach - adopted by PiP for C-CAP - attempts to ameliorate the issues surrounding requirements uncertainty and lays the foundation for emergent system requirements, whilst also effecting improvements in curriculum design quality and approval efficacy.
A pre-print of the paper is available from the documents and dissemination page of the PiP website. The paper abstract is included below. Attend the paper if you are registered for IADIS WWW/Internet 2012!
Technology-supported approaches to curriculum design and approval have recently emerged as an important area of development within the tertiary education sector. Such approaches offer a number of potential benefits, including improvements to curriculum responsiveness and enhancements to pedagogy. However, at present there is little consensus on the technical approach that should be adopted for such systems. This scenario is complicated by variability and complexity of the processes such systems attempt to model and the uncertainty that pervades requirements analysis. This paper provides a case study of an incremental, lightweight technical approach to technology-supported curriculum design and approval using OOB solutions ("out of the box") which attempt to ameliorate these issues while also effecting improvements in curriculum design quality and approval efficacy.