Ensuring Learning Opportunities

SLOs are of little use if students in your program have insufficient opportunities to learn the skills, knowledge, and values that are expected of them.  Ideally, the educational program as a whole as well as the constituent courses and other program elements will be carefully designed and coordinated so as to provide such opportunities in a logical fashion.

A potentially useful tool for this process is the Curriculum Map, which identifies those courses and other program elements in which student learning objectives are expected to be introduced, reinforced, practiced, mastered, and assessed.  Here is an example:

curriculum map

To be sure, curriculum maps may be more easily designed in highly structured degree and certificate programs, where students must take courses in a particular sequence.  Nevertheless, all program faculty may find it useful to take into account program learning objectives when designing their own courses and determining their course level learning objectives, assignments, and pedagogy.

For other examples of curriculum maps, click here.