The MAPPING Primer: Mapping the Way to Learning Outcomes

By:  Ruth Stiehl and Kathy Telban


The MAPPING Primer: Mapping the Way to Learning Outcomes
PREFACE: The OUTCOME Primers Series 2.0  
Once a Fad — Now a Fact! xiii
Distinguishing Our Work xiv
PART ONE: The Power of Visualizing the Way to Learning Outcomes
Being able to think in visual images reveals connections and relationships that are difficult to communicate through text.
Introduction 3
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map is worth a thousand pictures.
Sample Program Maps 34
-Construction and Forestry Equipment Technology 34
-Executive Leadership . 36
-Real Estate Sales/Brokers License 38
-Alternative Energy and Fuel Cells 40
The Power of Visual Maps 42
Using Maps in Curriculum Planning 43
The Power of the Program Mapping Process 44
The Power of Metaphor and Story 46
PART TWO: Using Organic Patterns for Curricular Mapping
As people pursue any shared enterprise over time, they develop a common practice, that is, shared ways of doing things and relating to one another that allow them to achieve their joint purpose—Fritjof Capra in The Hidden Connections
Using the Learner’s Journey as a Visual Organizer 55
Visual Patterns, Old and New 58
Old School Charts and Hierarchies 59
Patterns in Living Systems 60
Moving from Euclidian to Organic Shapes 61
Pattern Conventions for Curricular Maps 62
PART THREE: Preparing Yourself to Create Curricular Maps
A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.  —Reif Larsen, The Collected Works of TS Spivet
Process or Product? 67
Exploring Program Mapping Conventions 67
Seeding Common Flow Patterns 76
Expecting Program Maps to Evolve through Stages 80
     -Program Outcomes 80
     -The Program Outcome Guide (POG) 81
Common Questions about Curricular Mapping 90
PART FOUR: Mapping Programs: A Facilitator’s Guide 97
Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress;working together is success.—Henry Ford
First Generation Program Mapping 100
Second Generation Program Mapping 107
Third Generation Program Mapping 109
Best Practices for Facilitating Multiple Mapping Teams 111
PART FIVE: Bringing It All Together in a Four-Page Curriculum Plan   
We can hire instructors for their expertise in subject matter, but it is our responsibility to show them how their work (course) is connected to the larger picture of learner success.
Simplifying Curriculum Planning 115
What Is a Four-Page Curriculum Plan? 116
     -Examples of a Four-Page Curriculum Plan:
–Alternative Energy Degree Program 119
–Executive Leadership Program 125
PART SIX: Continuing Your Learning
In Conclusion 133
Next Steps 133
Appendix A: Templates
Program Map 135
Course Activity Map 136
Four-Page Curriculum Plan 137
Scoring Guide — Assessing the Quality of a Program Map 141
Appendix B: Our Preferred Terms for Curricular Mapping 143
Related Readings 145
Acknowledgments 147
About the Authors 148