COMET (Curriculum Outcome Mapping & ePortfolio Tool) is a web based software system linking student and practitioner development with curriculum mapping. The system is generic across disciplines, universities and countries with multiple opportunities for individualisation. COMET has been developed by Monash University and is intended to be freely shared.
COMET has two components – a curriculum management system and an ePortfolio:
Curriculum Management System
The academic interface enables building and mapping of curriculum focusing on scaffolded learning outcomes, knowledge and skill development, type of learning activity, assessments and time on task. Linkage to accreditation domains enables easy production of reports required for accreditation of degree programs. A student view of this interface allows scaffolded learning to become apparent with vertical and horizontal content mapping.
Other curriculum management system features include:
- a user-friendly, flexible, and robust web application to collect, manage, analyze and deliver curricular information
- the capability to manage and track both learners and instructors and their relationships to student learning objectives, learning activities, events, and evaluations within each course
- comprehensive curriculum mapping linked directly to all learning events, learning materials and exams, to help identify outcomes, gaps and redundancies in learners curriculum (mapping is also designed to identify redundancies and gaps in the curriculum, helping to ensure accreditation compliance by enabling the curriculum planners to define the necessary student experiences and encounters)
- the ability to map to accreditation standards, student competencies, university graduate attributes, educational taxonomies, and instructor education performance standards
- fully searchable current and previous (what the learner did earlier in their degree) learning outcomes and resources
- Future development could also include a front-end that delivers curricular materials via a calendar-driven interface customized to each student's individual schedule. Students receive automatic notifications when new materials are uploaded for their courses and events
Student and practitioner development is presented as a portfolio with learning mapped to user selected skills. Future development will also include mapping to competencies and frameworks. The ePortfolio features include the ability to reflect on linked evidence, develop personalised learning plans, receive feedback from a skills coach, preceptor or mentor, document continuing professional development, and build a professional practice portfolio.
For students, interns and practitioners:
- a repository for evidence of developing professional skills
- documentation of development of skills and competencies from undergraduate, to intern level, to more advanced practice
- a record of continuing professional development (requirement of annual registration renewal) with reflection and a learning plan
- a student/practitioner-centred tool for showcasing achievements to potential employers
- Promotion portfolio (linked to education standards and other metrics)
- Portfolio for PDO
- Teaching portfolio (evidence of robust mapping of units to learning outcomes, RSD, graduate attributes, etc)
COMET provides a predictably higher quality learning and career development path for students and practitioners through transparency, traceability and responsibility.
For course designers:
- Decomposing courses into semesters, subjects and activities
- Mapping learning outcomes from the course through to its activities
- Scaffolding the development of skills throughout the activities of a course
- Equalising the workload of skills development over the course duration
- Setting global benchmarks for skill development throughout the course
- Navigating the course structure to better understand its learning outcomes
- Visualising how each skill is to be developed as learning progresses
- Understanding in advance the skill benchmarks required at the end of each year
- Studying assessment rubrics for each skill to better understand expectations
- Viewing the results of skill assessments conducted by tutors
- Identifying opportunities during course activities to build on weaker skills
- Developing personalised learning plans to address weaker skills
- Requesting ad-hoc assessments to gain additional feedback on specific skills
- Accessing the learning, practice and assessment expectations of class activities
- Accessing skill rubrics for guidance on assessment
- Recording student assessment results in-class
- Prompts for ad-hoc assessments requested by students
For skills coaches:
- Accessing student tools to provide support and guidance on self-direction
- Recording student assessments for self-direction and introspection
COMET supports modern web security standards for encrypting all information transmitted between users and the system.
A cloud-first architecture has been adopted so that the system can be hosted cost-effectively on popular services such as Google Cloud Platform (GCP, the default). This does not preclude internal hosting however for those organisations who are pre-cloud.
Hosting is automatically managed across at least two data centres (in different cities) at any given time to ensure resilience. Infrastructure increases automatically to cater for demand so that no client administration resources are required to manage the system.