Questions to Ask Before Curriculum Mapping
These are just ideas. Surely, your work team will raise their own questions/concerns that are useful to explore through a mapping process.
- What are your goals in undertaking curriculum mapping (internal/external, documentation/CQI, alignment/consistency, meeting requirements, etc.)?
- How do these goals tie to items you might want to see on a curriculum map or maps (SLOs, methods, assessments, specifics of sequence, etc.)?
- What level of data (course, discipline, program) are you interested in mapping?
- What kind of time and resources do you have for undertaking this work (short-term vs. ongoing)?
Questions to Ask After Curriculum Mapping
Similar to the list above, these are just ideas. We have no doubt your work team will raise questions/concerns related to the mapping activities that impact their own.
- Is the curriculum coherent:
- Vertically? What students learn in one unit, course, or year prepares them for the next unit, course, or year without gaps or unnecessary redundancy.
- Horizontally? What students learn in one section mirrors what they learn in another section with similar methods & assessments?
- Program-Level? Educators across a program are working toward the same learning standards using similar methodologies and quality of instruction with balanced content coverage.
- Are standards or outcomes:
- Communicated in an easy-to-understand format?
- Communicated in an easy-to-observe or easy-to-measure format?
- Engaging for students?
- Aligned to individual courses or units?
- Aligned to individual assessments?
- Promoting higher order processing?