Oregon Health & Science University

Location

Portland, OR

Classification

Medium 4-year public

Students

Undergrad: 736 | Graduate: 1,985

Faculty

Full-time: 1,390 | Part-time: 876

“We were looking for a way to organize and make a manageable process out of our course syllabi and specialized instruction. We found it in Concourse and are happy with its many capabilities.” Dave Feucht, Dental Informatics Specialist

Highlights

  • School of Dentistry needed a system for managing and creating syllabi
  • Ideal system would allow for standardization among syllabi as well as functions to increase efficiency in access and reporting
  • The power of course templates in Concourse meant faculty could retain ownership over instructional content in addition to meeting accreditation and institutional requirements
  • Dentistry syllabi are now centrally-housed in Concourse, and are searchable by anyone

Practices

The School of Dentistry at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has 80+ instructors that provide specialized instruction to over 300 students. The school was using a curriculum analysis tool as a standalone system for creating and managing syllabi. After revisiting the tool, they realized that it was outdated and no longer actively supported by the developers. This prompted the School of Dentistry to analyze and define their ideal solution for instructor-centric syllabus management.

Vision

OHSU utilizes an open source learning management system across the entire institute, but the School of Dentistry found that they were unable to analyze syllabi directly with the open source software. Additionally, they noticed that their syllabi were static documents and that a dynamic syllabus would suit the needs of the instructors better. The School of Dentistry formed an assessment committee that collectively came up with a list of criteria that would make up their “ideal syllabus management system.” Some of the requirements on the list included standardized syllabi, reporting, integration, improved accreditation compliance, and accessibility.

Implementation

Administrators created a collection of course templates, which are cloned for use by faculty to create their instructional syllabi. The templates contain editable syllabus item categories that help guide faculty regarding syllabus content, and provide a structured and consistent format for all syllabi in the School of Dentistry. Syllabi are housed in Concourse for ease of access, and are searchable by anyone.

Results

After piloting Concourse for just one semester, The School of Dentistry decided that Concourse met the needs of the school and was successful in allowing instructors to easily create, edit, and archive syllabi. The added benefits for students and administrators are accessibility, auditing, standardization for assessment, and reporting.


About Oregon Health and Science University

As the state’s only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians. The dental school prepares graduates in general dentistry and the dental specialties to deliver compassionate and ethical oro-facial health care.

For more information about Oregon Health and Science University or the School of Dentistry, visit www.ohsu.edu.