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?
- Create a table or chart that lists each of the student learning outcomes for your course.
- 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?
|Recognize...||Exam 1, Q1, 2, 3|
|Synthesize...||Paper 1, Criterion 1|
|Apply...||Project 1, Criteria 1, 2|
What assignments best map to my learning outcomes?
Bloom's Taxonomy is the classification of different levels of learning. Learning at the lower levels enables the building of knowledge and skills at the higher levels of the taxonomy. Identify the level of thinking by choosing a cognitive domain from the innermost ring. Then choose a verb from the middle ring and link that verb with a product listed in the outermost ring to design your assignments.
Check out MIT OpenCourseware which offers a free portfolio of learning materials. Search through courses by topic, click to limit those with assessments.
- 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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