Example of Curriculum Mapping

This process is used to collect and record information to identify core skills and content which are being delivered.  Think of it as identifying where we are teaching what was promised.

1. Start off with a list of Outcomes and a list of courses - and make a grid as show below.

  SLO #1 SLO #2 SLO #3 SLO #4 SLO #5
Course #1          
Course #2          
Course #3          
Course #4          
Course #5          
Course #6          
Course #7          

2. For each Outcome, determine the course(s) where the outcome is covered.  Each outcome should be addressed at least once.  If not, then the learning outcome, and its place should be re-examined.

Example: Courses where Outcomes are taught are indicated with an X in the table below.

  SLO #1 SLO #2 SLO #3 SLO #4 SLO #5
Course #1  X   X    
Course #2   X     X
Course #3     X    
Course #4       X X
Course #5          
Course #6  X X      
Course #7     X X  

NOTE: Course #5 does not seem to address any of the program outcomes in this example.  Personnel need to revisit the course or the program of study to address this gap.

3. For each course, consider how the knowledge and skills are taught and learned -  faculty and staff determine the "level of exposure" for each outcome.

What do you mean by "Levels of Exposure"?

Introduced - focus is on the basic knowledge and skills with entry level complexity. Outcome statements often include "Recognize" or "Recall"

Practiced or Developed - Instruction concentrates on enhancing the knowledge or skills introduced in an earlier course.  Outcome statements often include "Understand" or "Apply"

Mastered - Instruction focuses on the content or skills used in multiple contexts.  Outcome statements often include "Evaluate" or "Analyze"

  SLO #1 SLO #2 SLO #3 SLO #4 SLO #5
Course #1  Intro   Develop    Intro
Course #2    Intro-Practice      Practice
Course #3      Intro    
Course #4        Practice-Develop  Master
Course #5          
Course #6   Develop Master      
Course #7      Develop Master  

4. Determine the method to assess the mapped outcomes.

  SLO #1 SLO #2 SLO #3 SLO #4 SLO #5
Course #1  Intro   Develop - Project   Intro
Course #2    Intro-Practice      Practice
Course #3     Intro    
Course #4       Practice-Develop  Master - Quiz
Course #5          
Course #6  Develop - Test Questions Master - Essay with Rubric      
Course #7     Develop Master - Project  

Action Plan for Assessing the program Outcomes based on the curriculum mapping

SLO #1 is introduced and developed....Course #6 will assess this outcome with embedded test questions

SLO #2 is introduced and practiced then mastered in course #6, and it is assessed with an essay that is scored with a rubric

SLO #3 is introduced and developed in 2 classes....Course #1 will assess this outcome with a project

SLO #4 is never introduced to the students according to this mapping.  Possibly it was introduced in a course that is a prerequisite.  At the least, this serves as a flag to look into this discrepancy.  The outcome is practiced and mastered in 2 courses, and is assessed with a project in course #7

SLO #5 is introduced, practiced, developed and mastered in 3 classes....This outcome is being assessed in course #4 with a Quiz.

5. Share the mapped outcomes with all involved faculty to verify accuracy and determine what actions will take place.

Remember, students should have multiple exposures to SLOs with opportunities to practice their skills

Gaps in the map can be modified within existing courses or programs by revisiting the outcomes, modifications to curriculum, new resources, pedagogical changes.