All programs must have a complete curriculum map in Taskstream that consists of at least two pieces:
- maps all required/core courses and elective courses in relation to program student learning outcomes
- maps all required/core courses and elective courses with course/ program assessments.
Directions are posted in Taskstream and can be accessed by "checking out" the "curriculum map" requirement in the department workspace.
Continue on for a complete overview of curriculum mapping with examples.
What is a Curriculum Map
A curriculum map is a graphical representation of the relationship between a program’s courses/requirements and the program’s student learning outcomes. A quote from Sarkisian and Taylor’s 2013 article beautifully describes currriculum mapping:
“Curriculum mapping is an intentional, systematic process that results in a graphic representation (curriculum map) of the relationships between courses, instructional activities, student learning outcomes, program objectives, and program goals. The curriculum mapping process conceptualizes curriculum as a system, emphasizing the interrelationships between courses and their cumulative impact on student learning, achievement, and development (Cuevas, Matveev, & Miller, 2010). A curriculum map, is therefore a visual representation of the curriculum, very much like a map of an unfamiliar country (Harden, 2001). Individual courses within the curriculum function like individual cities or landmarks on a traveler’s itinerary. Each course contributes to the students’ learning much like stopping in different cities and towns on the trip provides the traveler with pieces of information about the country and its people. Individual course syllabi, serve as the travel guides, describing what one should experience along the way, how long to stay, and how much to do in each place. Academic advisors serve as tour guides, while program faculty serve as docents to student travelers. A well constructed curriculum map charts the educational journey of an academic program for its students, giving them clear information about not only what is expected in each course, but how each course relates to program goals and objectives, making explicit what they will learn, and how they will learn throughout their program of study” (Sarkisian and Taylor, 2013).
Curriculum maps identify where within the current curriculum student learning outcomes are addressed. Along the top program level student learning outcomes (PSLOs) are listed. Down the left side of the matrix all learning opportunities are listed. This includes all courses, internships and other learning opportunities provided to students. Curriculum maps display where in the curriculum students have opportunities to practice and demonstrate how well they meet program level outcomes. Creating a curriculum map documents the learning opportunities and provides insight into the curriculum.