USING CURRICULUM MAPPING TO IMPROVE LEARNING WCET 2 0 1 2 • San Antonio, Texas
Our Agenda Introductions Group discussion Mapping for Student SuccessWhat’s Wrong With This Picture?
You have been asked to workwith a team at your institutionto develop a curriculum map forthe required general educationcore curriculum. What aresome key characteristics youwould want to see included inthe curriculum map and whyare they important?
Designing with students in mind• First, think about how the map will be used – communicate – guide – preview• Items to consider – level of detail – coordinated message• And, don’t forget – planning – systematic process – a community effort
A special use: Advance Organizer• David Ausubel (1968) characterized advance organizers as a cognitive strategy to help students learn and retain new information.• Advance organizers* – Organizational cues – Tools to help connect unknown information to known information – Frameworks to help students understand what they will be learning
Advance Organizer, Student LearningOutcomes, & Curriculum Maps• Provide curriculum map to students with syllabus• Map should clearly demonstrate relationships – assignments to specific learning outcomes/goals – among learning outcomes scaffolding – among assignments• Reinforce – refer back to curriculum map • when new learning outcomes are being addressed • when new topics are introduced • during reviews • when making/explaining assignments • include references with feedback