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Map Assignments to Outcomes: Course Maps

What is a course map?

A course map depicts how you will assess each of your course learning outcomes.

Why create a course map?

Course maps are the road maps for course assessment. They show which assignments or exams (or parts of assignments or exams) you will use as direct evidence for student learning outcomes. It can also be helpful in highlighting whether your assignments cover all outcomes and effectively assess your learning priorities.

How do I create a course map?

  1. Create a table or chart that lists each of the student learning outcomes for your course.
  2. For each of your student learning outcomes, list what exams, papers or activities (or items on those exams or grading criteria for papers/activities) have been designed to address that particular outcome.

What do course maps look like?

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Recognize... Exam 1, Q1, 2, 3
Synthesize... Paper 1, Criterion 1
Apply... Project 1, Criteria 1, 2

Go further!

  • If you are teaching a course that satisfies a Pathways requirement, consider adding a column to your course map that includes that requirement's associated learning outcomes.

Want examples of good course maps? Visit the Sample Tools page.

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