Monday, 23 April 2012 08:00

Mapping-Out Your Course

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Before traveling to a new destination you usually consult a map. Why wouldn’t you do the same before designing your course? In a sense, creating a new course is an exciting new adventure. Course mapping helps you outline your destination and ensure your outcomes and assessments are aligned.

A course map should contain the following items:

  1. The course description
  2. The course outcomes/general learning outcomes
  3. The module outcomes/specific learning outcomes
  4. The assessments

Below is a template you might want to use to navigate through your course.

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Unless you are building a brand new course, you will find the course description and course outcomes in the course outline. Remember, as long as you align your modular outcomes and assessment back to the course outcomes and description it doesn’t matter what course map template you use or design.

Using this map allows you to visualize the course as it’s spread out across a semester or year. Getting a feel for the course helps to assess the progression of the material in relation to the assignments and evaluations throughout the duration of the course, and will benefit both you and your students

Happy mapping!

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Christie Robertson

I remember what it was like being a new instructor: too many questions and too many resources to sift through. My goal as a writer for Learning Connections is to help instructors with common teaching issues, whether they are f-2-f, blended or online. I want answers to those frequently asked question to be easy to find!