3 Ways Curriculum Mapping Enables Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
By Kristin Powers
April 29, 2021
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

How do you know that institution or college-wide initiatives are finding their way to every corner of your curriculum? Can you find the individual courses, learning objectives, and assignments where the initiatives take place? Many schools, districts, institutions, and corporate learning groups have ambitious plans to integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into their educational programs. Most have documented their goals and outlined their initiatives. How do you know if those initiatives are making a difference?  

The fact is, you can’t improve what you aren’t tracking. You won’t achieve your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals if you can’t show how they are making their way from your plan to the student outcomes. 

CourseTune has emerged as a powerful tool for helping to ensure that we are reaching our mission prioritiesThere’s some good news! CourseTune can help you document, organize, and sustain your diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across your curriculum (or any system-wide initiative).

Dr. Justin W. Marquis, Director of Instructional Design at Gonzaga University, sums it up this way, “In a year that saw the beginning of societal reckoning of long-standing systemic inequality in the United States, that even reached our small university in the Pacific Northwest, CourseTune has emerged as a powerful tool for helping to ensure that we are reaching our mission priorities to be an inclusive learning environment that works toward developing men and women with the tools and understanding to work towards a more equitable society. We will be using CourseTune to map our entire curriculum to illustrate where issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity currently are taught and where we have gaps that need to be filled.”

We’ll look at three ways CourseTune can assist you in moving your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives from aspirational to achievable. 

1. Achieving initiative goals through outcome mapping

Whether you are a K-12 school with a Social-Emotional Learning initiative or a higher-education institution organizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into a new degree program, you have a set of standards you want your learners to meet. The success of your initiatives will depend on everyone being on the same page and sharing the same understanding of what it means to actually achieve these standards.  Does everyone know what outcomes you are trying to achieve? Are the goals clear and documented? 

Everything is at the click of a button.With CourseTune, you can map your Social Emotional Learning and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes directly across the curriculum – from course to program to institution. Because you can set the access and permissions for each contributor, you are creating a safe space for intentional collaboration and a culture of intentional transparency for improving student outcomes. Understanding how the goals are being met through the structure of the curriculum helps everyone mindfully incorporate them when delivering the courses. Your initiatives and value-driven outcomes sets will be front and center, not out of sight (and out of mind). Better yet, all your data is in the same easy-to-search place. You won’t have to look in spreadsheets or docs to see your initiatives and view how they tie into your curriculum.

Aligning curriculum and goalsCourseTune has the CASEL framework available as an outcome set to be used to map your curriculum. In this example, you can see how the outcomes are mapped to the course through the learning objectives (and assessments, more on that later).

CourseTune has the CASEL framework available as an outcome set

The blue circles are visual indicators of where those goals are being covered and which learning objectives they align with. 

The blue circles are visual indicators of where those goals are being covered and which learning objectives they align with.

2. Achieving initiative goals through curricular alignment

Seeing is believing when it comes to making sure your initiatives are successfully implemented. If you clearly document what is expected in each course, faculty and students can make informed decisions. A documented, dynamic curriculum will help create a culture of alignment, transparency, and accountability. Transparency is a meaningful way to ensure your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals move from aspiration to reality.

CourseTune improved my courses exponentially.When you look across a program, you’ll see each initiative goal visually mapped to its supporting course goal. In this example, Ethics in IT is displayed.

When you look across a program, you’ll see each initiative goal visually mapped to its supporting course goal

When looking across an entire program, you’ll see The blue circles show alignment from each module in a course or each specific course competency. The map shows where and how the diversity goals are being addressed. Mapping your curriculum with CourseTune will set the foundation for a culture that embraces the values of the initiative. CourseTune’s mapping tool makes learner inclusion a story everyone can tell. 

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3. Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into your assessment strategy

An often-overlooked area for hidden bias is in the way we ask learners to demonstrate their knowledge. What kinds of assessment activities are you using? CourseTune will empower us to more efficiently  conduct curriculum mapping.Do you use a variety of assessment activities to meet the needs of learners with different experiences and academic familiarity? Are you using strategies that your students will find relevant and authentic?  Some strategies that will engage your students could include simulations, case studies, and project-based learning. Your assessment strategy is an excellent place to begin examining how you’re meeting your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals. 

We want to strive to incorporate ways for students to feel included and ask them to share and create an environment that is inclusive, that will help them learn and grow.In CourseTune, you can see how your assessments map to the objectives being taught AND how those learning objectives map to the goals you’ve set for your initiative. In the image below, you can see the variety of assessments attached to the set of learning objectives.

the variety of assessments attached to the set of learning objectives

The Course Activities Report in CourseTune can be used to verify that a variety of assessment is being used to give students the opportunity to show what they know in a way that supports their diverse needs. Student learning isn’t one size fits all, so why should their assessments be?

The Course Activities Report in CourseTune can be used to verify that a variety of assessment is being used to give students the opportunity to show what they know in a way that supports their diverse needs.

The bottom line? You can use CourseTune to quickly spot areas where your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy is out of sync with your assessment strategy.

Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Social Emotional Learning

There is a lot of great information available about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Social-Emotional Learning. Looking to take a deeper dive into these subjects? Here are some resources we’ve found useful: 

Ready to see your initiatives align with your curriculum?

We’re ready to start the journey with you to help bring a transparent, focused perspective on the critical work you care about! 

CourseTune delivers one place to design, manage, and plan your curriculum. Our unique, patented, visual curriculum maps equip you with a common platform. One that helps faculty, staff, and leadership focus on the big picture while revealing how learning objectives, competencies, and accreditation criteria impact student outcomes. CourseTune supplies you with the communication and workflow tools that promote collaboration and unlock innovation across your institution. 

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