Did you know that a course outline is a legal, binding document? It communicates important information about a class such as course outcomes, class expectations, and grading structures. Both instructor and student are obligated to follow the content of the syllabus.
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.
You might have several great activities and assessment ideas floating around in your head, and you might also have a pretty good idea of what the intended outcomes of your course should be (especially if you’ve already visited the Outcomes section of this website)