The purpose of mapping a program is to identify concerns and opportunities for change and improvement at both the program and course level.
A facilitated mapping session helps stakeholders to visually organize the sequence of courses, requirements, prerequisites, internships, practicums, professional partnerships, entry-level requirements, real-world roles and learning outcomes. Most importantly, mapping provides an opportunity for faculty to get together and discuss the student's whole learning experience by producing a map that has enough substance to raise inportant learning issues including access, relevance and flow. The number of mapping sessions depends completely on the needs of the program, but often there is first-generation and second-generation map. The final version of the map can be included in the program review documentation and used to communicate with prospective students, other programs and advisories.
Facilitating the Process
A Curriculum and Instructional Design Consultant can facilitate the mapping session and work with program stakeholders to draft and collect feedback on the final documentation.
Questions to Analyze the Maps
Check out the Guiding Questions resource to help drive discussion around what mapping can reveal about the program as a whole.
Final documentation for this process is compiled by the *curriculum committee and can be included in the overall program review documentation.