Effective curriculum maps detail course goals and desired student learning outcomes, ensuring alignment of these aims with learning activities and assessments. Curriculum mapping also promotes collaboration, improves consistency of the student experience across sections of the same course, deepens connections between courses within a program and helps with program planning, evaluation and reporting.
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Mapping Curricula in Coursetune
To support curriculum mapping initiatives, CETLOE provides access to Coursetune, a full-featured curriculum design, mapping, collaboration and reporting platform. We strongly recommend that faculty and program administrators discuss aims with a CETLOE learning designer before getting started. However, determined DIYers are welcome to follow the steps below.
- Decide on the scope of the project. For example, is this project limited to a single, stand-alone course or does it involve mapping multiple courses within a certificate or degree-credit program?
- Secure buy-in from department chair or program administrator.
- Identify project participants. Who needs to collaborate on this project? Of those people, who will need to edit the map and who will just need to suggest and review changes?
- Identify project lead(s). Who will be responsible for wrangling colleagues, assessing the quality and completeness of contributions, sharing work with stakeholders and maintaining the map?
- Evaluate existing curriculum resources. Collect syllabi, course outlines and other curriculum resources. Ensure that high-level course goals and observable student learning outcomes (SLOs) are clearly stated. In short, course goals sketch the purpose of the course while SLOs describe specifically what you will be looking for to determine if students achieve those goals. If goals and SLOs are unclear or if their alignment isn’t obvious, we suggest you use our curriculum outline document to organize information.
- Request Coursetune access by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this request, please supply the following information:
- Department chair or program administrator
- Name of project lead
- For each course:
- Course Prefix, Number and Title for all courses
- Names and GSU email addresses for individuals who need “write” access to Coursetune
- Names and GSU email addresses for individuals who need “read” access to Coursetune
- Completed curriculum outline document or other materials that clearly state course goals and how they align with observable student learning outcomes.