Use Coursetune’s Outcome Scales to Shape Your Curriculum Mapping Journey
By Kristin Powers
September 21, 2021
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We’re thrilled to add a new feature in Coursetune 2.02 – Outcome Scales. With this functionality, you’ll be able to advance your instructional design by tracking progress toward curriculum goals or adding labeling scales.

What are outcome scales?

IRM Scale in Coursetune

Let’s say you’re doing curriculum design at the program level or across multiple grade levels. Wouldn’t it be helpful to track how your curriculum design meets a particular goal across numerous courses? Or even over multiple years?

To track progress toward a goal, you might use a progressive scale—something like Introduce Reinforce Master. You typically use these outcome scales at a collection at the course level. So, you’d use them for a program level, a certificate program, a set of progressions over the high school, or an entire grade level within K-12.

You may also have labeling scales, for example, KSA (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) and XM (Explicitly Introduced or Implicitly Introduced). These are both labels for program-level learning objectives. You’d typically use XM to say whether your course syllabus explicitly has an item or not.

Why care about outcomes at all?

Higher Education and education, in general, are going through a period of disruption. The global pandemic is driving some of these changes. Another factor is the generational change of learners. These students have new demands for their education. Among them is a mindset shift from teaching to learning. In this new reality, the outcome of a course is more important than the process it took to get there.  Outcome Scales are a tool to help you endure you’ve mapped your curriculum to the outcomes your students need. 

Using a non-visual representation of your curriculum, say a spreadsheet, could make it exceedingly difficult to use these scales effectively. A visual representation of these outcome scales could really help you get a complete view of your curriculum map and how these scales are tracking.

What’s the difference between Outcome Scales and Learning Objective Scales?

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Learning objective scales (like Bloom’s or Fink) are used with course-level learning objective statements and the activities or assessments connected to them.  Outcome scales (like IRM or IERA) track the progression of learning across a program or any collection of courses. For example, an algebra course uses Bloom’s to show the internal level of challenge of the learning objectives and assessments in a course. When you zoom out to Level 3, a collection of courses or a program, you can see how a course fits within the progression of a student’s journey, from introducing concepts to mastery. Each progressive scale helps display the level your faculty is teaching a student and the expectations for their growth. It’s beneficial to educators to be able to answer, “Am I spending two hours introducing this concept, or am I spending 15 minutes refreshing their memories?”

That’s why we’ve introduced the new Outcome Scales feature in Coursetune’s latest release. For example, you can apply Introduce, Reinforce, Master, to describe the progression of a student’s proficiency in a specific outcome.  Each outcome scale allows you to add more information to the course design. With this exciting new feature, you can enable up to two outcome scales and map to your course circle graph elements. You can see them all by switching scales in the Mapping Batch Editor. Each scale level has a unique color, so you can easily find them at a glance. Here are the outcome scales you can use in Coursetune:

Progressive Scales

  1. BIA – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
  2. EDT – Emerging, Developing, Transforming
  3. IBF – Introducing, Broadening, Fulfilling
  4. IDM – Introduce, Develop, Mastery
  5. IERA – Introduce, Emphasize, Reinforce, Advanced
  6. IRA – Introduce, Reinforce, Apply
  7. IRD – Identify, Recognize, Demonstrate
  8. IRM – Introduce, Reinforce, Master
  9. IRMA – Introduce, Reinforce, Master, Assess
  10. IRPA – Introduce, Reinforce, Practice, Assess
  11. KAS – Knowledge, Application, Synthesis

Labeling Scales

  1. KSA – Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  2. XM – Explicit, Implicit

The Coursetune Grid Map with Outcome Scales

Ready to find out how Coursetune can help you show clear student outcomes?

We’re super excited to introduce outcome scales in Coursetune 2.03. If you want to learn more, check out the help article here.

Not part of the Coursetune community yet? We’d love to have you! Set up some time to talk or start a chat with us in the box to the left. Let’s start a conversation about these and other nifty features that can help you and your team turn your curriculum into something beautiful.


Want to learn even more about using Outcome Scales?

Check out our video overview of how to use Outcome Scales in Coursetune.

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