HUBLINKED: A Curriculum Mapping Framework for Industry
A key aim of the HubLinked Knowledge Alliance is to improve the effectiveness of University-Industry (U-I) linkages between computer science faculties and ICT companies. One aspect of that relationship is the recruitment process where SMEs and Enterprise companies often struggle to match their graduate requirements to the learning outcomes of new graduates. The ICT industry is faced with an overwhelming array of degree programmes to engage with, most of which consist of multiple modules and options. With no means to distinguish between these courses and the graduates, lengthy interview procedures typical ensue in the search for the right graduate with the right experience and transversal skills. As part of the HubLinked project we have designed the Curriculum Mapping Framework (CMF) which allows ICT partners to identify the type of graduate they require which can then be mapped to an educational pathway within a university programme. The CMF was developed and tested in collaboration with our industry and academic partners in Europe and South Korea. A set of five core thematic HubLinked specific pillars were identified under which more detailed graduate skill requirements, appropriate to the award level, were defined in the form of learning outcomes. These learning outcomes were then levelled according to the award level using blooms taxonomy and mapped to modules within thirteen computer degree programmes across Europe and South Korea. In this paper we present the results of this process with recommendations on how this process may be extensible to non-ICT related contexts.