A Better Way to Map Curriculum: Goodbye, Spreadsheets. Hello, Dynamic Visual Modeling.
By Willette Brye Lamar
May 22, 2020

It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words. Just as a picture speaks volumes, a curriculum map reveals a lot about curriculum, namely, where gaps and redundancies exist ¹, alignment between skills taught in a course and employability skills ², and when and where learning objectives are covered ³. 

The problem is, traditional methods of curriculum mapping are fraught with inefficiencies: multiple text-based documents or spreadsheets, including time required to read through and comment on the documents, version control issues, and endless email threads. 

Traditional methods obstruct seeing the big picture—relationships within and among courses and between courses and department and program goals. 

CourseTune replaces multiple versions of documents and spreadsheets and unending email threads with a single, highly-visual interface for planning, designing, and managing curriculum. 

This dynamic visual model of curriculum allows teachers and faculty to quickly and easily see course alignment and gaps across learning objectives, assessments, learning activities or assignments, technology, instructional materials, and resources.

Program views allow curriculum managers and program teams to see both vertical and horizontal curriculum alignment (or lack thereof) between competencies, outcomes, industry standards, skills, higher-level goals and more. 

When schools start to see curriculum modeling from a multi-faceted perspective, they can really start to make a meaningful impact in quality for learners. 

At CourseTune Camp ⁴, an annual CourseTune user group focused on alignment, Janette Isaacson of Oregon Institute of Technology, shared this about CouseTune’s visual curriculum mapping, “We thought we were doing great until we really looked at it… You can see your misses visually, very profoundly. It’s very, very eye-opening.

Let’s talk about how your curriculum can become visible through the lens of CourseTune. Request a demo today.

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Article Source Citations
¹ Neville-Norton, M., & Cantwell, S. (2019). Curriculum mapping in nursing education: A case study for collaborative curriculum design and program quality assurance.
Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 14, 88-93. doi: 10.1016/j.teln.208.12.001

² Klein, E., & Lewandowski-Cox, J. (2019). Music technology and future works skills 2020: An employability mapping of Australian undergraduate music technology curriculum. International Journal of Music Education, 37(4), 636-653. doi: 10.1177/0255761419861442

³ Sterz, J.,  Hoefer, S.H.,  Janko, M.,  Bender, B.,  Adili, F.,  Schreckenbach, T., . . . Ruesseler, M. (2019). Do they teach what they need to? An analysis of the impact of curriculum mapping on the learning objectives taught in a lecture series in surgery. Medical Teacher, 41(4), 417-421. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1481282

⁴ CourseTune. (2019, July). CourseTune Camp 2019 Faculty Engagement Video [Video]. Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/showcase/6182511

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