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Align My Curriculum: A Framework to Bridge the Gap between Acquired University Curriculum and Required Market Skills

Ahood Almaleh (), Muhammad Ahtisham Aslam (), Kawther Saeedi () and Naif Radi Aljohani ()
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Ahood Almaleh: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Muhammad Ahtisham Aslam: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kawther Saeedi: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Naif Radi Aljohani: Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, 21589 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 9, 1-13

Abstract: With the advancement of technology, academics and curriculum developers are always under pressure to provide students with skills that match the market’s requirements. A systematic and continuous examination of the market is needed, to stay up to date with the required skills, and then to update the curriculum to train the students with required market skills. In this article, we present a framework referred to as Align My Curriculum (AMC). The AMC framework aims to facilitate alignment between acquired university curriculum outcomes and required market skills. It can be used to classify, compare and visualize the data of a university curriculum and job vacancies in the market. The presented framework benefits academics and curriculum developers by improving the courses and therefore bridging the skills gap. Stakeholders from both academia and industry can gain insights into the predominant required and acquired skills. In addition, it may be useful for analysts, students, and job applicants. This article describes the architecture, implementation and experimental results, with visual analysis to help decision and policy-makers.

Keywords: Naïve Bayes; cosine similarity; text mining; word cloud; classification; comparison; job postings; curriculum (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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