program map



The basic elements of The Mapping Primer are uniquely captured in a brief pocket sized map facilitating quick reference during curriculum mapping sessions.

The Pocket Program Map shows the mapping conventions on one side and a sample of a program level map on the other, in an 11"x17" format folded down to pocket size.

Priced low so that you can provide a copy to all faculty—getting everyone into the conversation about outcomes and mapping.

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Tools for Reconstructing the College Curriculum 2e

        by Ruth Stiehl and Les Lewchuk

New Second Edition

Our purpose in writing The OUTCOMES Primer (first book in this series) was to help reduce the confusion around the concept of "learning outcomes." That done, The MAPPING Primer provides three powerful tools to engage faculty in the whole conversation about learning outcomes and assessment, including our exclusive strategy for visually mapping academic programs.

Developed for curriculum leaders and facilitators, these tools draw faculty (reluctant or not) into re-thinking what they do in their classrooms. Using Post-it™ Notes, butcher paper, visual templates and even crayons, faculty make new connections between classroom experiences, assessment and intended outcomes.

This new second edition contains a CD that features program maps from ten selected colleges and universities across the US and Canada and illustrates how program maps evolve through time.



Tools for Reconstructing the
College Curriculum

ISBN 978-0-9637457-7-4
143 pages. Composite coil bound
© 2012

Published by
The Learning Organization

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. . . three essential tools for building an outcomes-based college curriculum . . .

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Power of Visual Mapping

Overview of the Tools

Part 1 Tool: Visioning Learning Outcomes
Nothing in higher education is more important than having a clear vision of what students should expect to be able to do in a real-world context before reconstructing the curriculum. This highly engaging tool will help you build consensus and write robust program (or course) outcomes that everyone can get behind.

Part 2 Tool: Mapping Programs Using Organic Patterns
An academic program is not a list of required courses and a magical number of credits. It's a student's journey through integrated learning experiences that lead to life changing outcomes. A Program Map enables us to absorb in one glance the salient features of an anticipated academic journey.

Part 3 Tool: "COGGING" Content and Key Assessment Tasks
The first mark of a strong curriculum is that what students are asked to learn is essential to the intended outcome. The second mark is the degree to which tests and assessment tasks provide evidence of the intended outcome. Creating the Course Outcome Guide (COGGING) or Program Outcome Guide (POGGING) guarantees that we think through these connections by displaying content, key assessments and outcomes all on one map.

Part 4 The Four-Page Curriculum Plan
Unlike a syllabus that is written for the student by the course instructor, the four-page curriculum plan is written for the instructor by the college. It assures that all sections of a single course have continuity and focus on relevant learning outcomes. You will see how our three tools are combined to form this condensed curriculum plan that every college instructor deserves when asked to teach a course.

Resource CD-ROM


Related Readings

For a more complete Table of Contents, please see Excerpt

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  • Three quick and effective tools that engage faculty, create energy and result in outcomes-based learning across the college
  • Guidance on how to construct visual maps to strengthen connections between courses, assessment and intended program outcomes
  • Templates for summarizing any curriculum in just four short pages
  • Five recognizable patterns in program maps
  • Three stages of map development
  • Many full color program maps on accompanying CD


Dr. Ruth Stiehl is best known in college circles as a thought leader in the area of systemic thinking as it applies to learning outcomes and assessment. Currently, Ruth works with the White Water Institute for College Instructional Leadership, Astoria, Oregon.

Dr. Les Lewchuk uses the outcomes and assessment process to assist faculty, curriculum and technology developers to address the evolving patterns of learning. Trends toward less predictability and how we deal with skill development and make sense of the world is a prime focus.

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