IUP Launches New Electronic Curriculum Repository

Posted on 8/31/2015 3:29:12 PM

At 8:00 a.m. on September 1, 2015, IUP’s new Electronic Curriculum Repository (ECR) went live. This is one of the culminating steps in the revised curriculum approval process. The goal of this project was to create a “one-stop” shop for curriculum at IUP.

Faculty can begin submitting curriculum proposals through this system now. As of September 1, the previous e-mail system is not to be used for curriculum unless it is for either an interdisciplinary proposal or for a group that is not housed within a department.

As this is a new system, it is expected that bugs may arise in the beginning. In order to help alleviate this problem, faculty should notify their department chair that they have submitted something via the ECR. If a department chair is aware a proposal was submitted, but he/she did not receive an e-mail notification, the chair should contact Lynnan Mocek via e-mail: lmocek@iup.edu.

To access the repository, please log into https://iwiki.iup.edu/display/ECR (it is recommended that you use Mozilla Firefox to access the ECR). Once on this space, there are a number of pages to assist you as you go forward. There are how-to-videos to walk you through the process of starting a curriculum proposal using this space. Additionally, there are FAQs along with the ability to ask a question if you cannot find answers in the FAQs. There are also multiple documents related to curriculum, including documents for a new program proposal and all the State System policies related to curriculum.

E-mail notification is a key part of this process. You will receive notifications from the following e-mail: notification@iwiki.iup.edu. IT has developed instructions to filter these e-mails into specified folders within the imail system. These guidelines are located on the FAQ page of the ECR and were e-mailed to all faculty on August 31. If you need additional assistance with setting up these filters, please submit an ihelp ticket.

Getting to this stage has been a team effort since the first meeting in summer 2014. Over the course of 2014, the initial Summer Curriculum Action Team made recommendations to revise the curriculum approval process. The recommendations were then vetted through the university and APSCUF, and ultimately approve in January 2015.

Over the last eight months, IT has done a superb job in juggling the multiple nuances of the project that has culminated in the new ECR. The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs greatly appreciates all the hard work IT has put into this process. In particular, special thanks go out to Eric Parks, Cody Toy, and Jason Sherry.