Curriculum Maps are very useful in organizing your assessment efforts. With a curriculum map you can map out in what courses you are assessing student learning outcomes, and at what level. To create a "Curriculum Map" in Taskstream, please follow these steps:


  1. In the workspace for your program, select the "Curriculum Map" area on the left navigation under the "Standing Requirements," then click the "Check Out" button in the upper right.


  2. Once you have checked out, you will have the ability to create a new curriculum map, or edit an existing map. To create a new map, click the "Create New Curriculum Map" button.


  3. Taskstream will ask you to create a name and description for your new map, as well as choose a set of outcomes you want to use in your map.


  4. Once you have entered this information, Taskstream will give a message letting you know the new curriculum map will open in a new browser window.


  5. In the new browser window, you can now begin to fill out your map information. The first thing to do is make sure only the outcomes you want to measure are included in the map. You can see a list of the goals along the top of the map, then the outcomes associated with each goal below.


  6. To choose which goals/outcomes you want to show in your map, click on the "Actions" button in the upper right, and choose "Manage Alignment Set."


  7. On the next screen, select (or de-select) the goals and outcomes you want to show in your map. Then click the "Return to Curriculum Map Workspace" in the upper left.


  8. Now that you have the outcomes you want to use in your map, you can create courses and learning activities which will show up in the left side of the curriculum map, under the goals and outcomes. In each course or activity, you will mark at what level you will address each of your outcomes.


  9. You can create a new course or activity by clicking the blue plus symbol to the left of "Courses and Learning Activities," or in the upper right, click on the "Actions" button and choose "Create New Course/Activity."
     
  10. Fill in the Course number or activity ID, title, and description for the course/activity. You can also create an optional link to the course if you have a webpage for it, or some other resource online for the course. When finished, click the "Create" button.


  11. You should now see the course or activity you created in the left side of the curriculum map. Repeat this process for all your courses/activities.


  12. In addition to creating new courses or activities, you can also copy existing courses or activities you may have previously used in a curriculum map. To do so, click on the "Actions" button in the upper right, then choose "Copy from Another Map."


  13. On the next screen, from the pull-down, select which curriculum map you want to copy from, then "Continue."


  14. Choose the courses or activities you want to copy by checking them on the list. When you have selected the ones you want to use, click the "Save and Return to Curriculum Map Workspace" button in the upper left.


  15. Once you have all the courses/activities and the goals/outcomes in your map, you indicate what level you will be practicing each outcome and in which course. Levels are shown in the "Legend" at the bottom of the curriculum map screen. You can choose "Introduced," "Practiced," "Reinforced," or "Demonstrated." To do this, you will click in the corresponding areas where you want to indicate your levels. These areas are shown below with the word "Click" inside them, to prompt you where to click. Each time you click, you can cycle through the levels, which are represented by colored blocks. Click until you get the level you want to indicate for each course/activity and goal/outcome. For instance, you might click once to get the "Introduced" box to show up in an introductory course, or a few times to get the "Demonstrated" box for an advanced course.


  16. Once you have selected all your levels, you should be able to track in which courses/activities you address each goal/outcome, as seen in the example below. Note - you may have some courses, such as electives, where you will not assess any of your outcomes, so you would leave that area without any level indicator (colored block).


  17. Once you have finished, click the "Save Now" button in the upper right of the screen. Note - the curriculum map is periodically autosaved and can be seen under the "Save Now" button.


  18. After you have saved, you now have a finished curriculum map. It should appear at the top of your Active Curriculum Maps list. Good job! If you ever want to edit your map, you can do so from this screen by clicking the "Edit Map" button to the right of your map.