Ross recently unveiled the new Ross Spiral Interactive tool, an online visualization that enables students and educators worldwide to explore the Ross Spiral Curriculum. The model offers an interconnected look at the content studied in grades kindergarten through 12. The Spiral Interactive was developed over a period of two years with celebrated information architect Santiago Ortiz and user interface (UI) designer Daniel Aguilar, who helped Ross to conceptualize a technical framework broad enough to cover the richness of the Ross Spiral Curriculum.
“Ross continues to innovate and to advance the Ross Learning System, and the Spiral Interactive provides access to the unique learning experience at Ross School. We are delighted to share this tool,” said Jennifer Chidsey, president of Ross Institute and chief academic officer of Ross Institute and Ross School.
The Ross Spiral Curriculum is composed of over 500 interdisciplinary and discipline-specific units—defined themes of study within a course whose duration varies from several weeks to a trimester. These units are in turn made up of learning experiences and integrated projects that function as nodes in a vast network. The connections that students make between these experiences are as important as the knowledge gained in them.
The model offers a holistic view of the K–12 curriculum, allowing for exploration along multiple pathways and displaying its interdisciplinary nature. The Ross Spiral Interactive is presented with supplementary navigational and informational components, including a linear interface and a timeline, that respond in sync with the Spiral.
Other accessible online innovations connected to the Ross Learning System include the RLS Sustainability Thread, which targets key lessons across the Ross Spiral Curriculum that help prepare students to understand and address prevalent social and environmental issues and realities, and RLS Project Circles, an interactive tool that enables students to assess the sustainability of a specific location or environment.