An Update on COMMS: Course Outline Mapping and Management System
- Improve course outline creation, version control and management;
- Provide evidence for pathways, accreditation, curriculum renewal and quality assurance processes;
- Define the curricular connections between program outcomes, course comes, EES, assessments and other governing body competencies.
Change is ubiquitous. It is not always comfortable but it is inevitable. At eLTI we have been working on migrating from the current course outline system, COMeT to COMMS (Course Outline Mapping and Management System). The first wave of early adopters went live with COMMS in September 2017. Many different divisions and schools participated in this phase including the entire Centre for Business, School of Dental Health, School of ESL, Chef School and the School of Hospitality Management. We are currently ramping up phase two and are still accepting volunteers!!! We have begun planning for the next wave of migration with the School of Work and College Preparation, the School of Media & Performing Arts, the School of Nursing, School of Construction Management and English Communication.
As with all change it requires up-front work but in the long run, the transition to COMMS will provide many benefits. But don’t just take our word for it, early adopter Mark Simpson, Professor and Coordinator at the Centre for Business School of Management was an early adopter and said:
"The system is extremely intuitive and easy to use. In addition to course outline generation, we mapped the entire program to both the Ministry Outcomes and the competencies defined by the CMC (Canadian Association of Management Consultants) in preparation for our review. The reports that the system automatically generates provide more robust program analytics then we ever could have created manually while also saving us a tremendous amount of time. Adjustments to the management reports can be made at the click of a button, making them easy to maintain and use as we continue to fine tune and improve our program."
To date, we have migrated 1600 course outlines to COMMS. We have delivered over 10 course writer boot camps and numerous one on one training sessions with support staff and chairs. More training and boot camp sessions are coming up.
Anyone interested in finding out more about using COMMS should contact Debbie Plested, Project Leader, eLearning and Teaching Innovation or Lori Nave, Director eLearning and Teaching Innovation ASAP.
Project Lead, eLearning and Teaching Innovation