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Course Mapping


A course map provides an overview of a course by breaking down components to ensure there is alignment between outcomes, assessment, and instruction, where instruction includes the topics, order of topics, instructional approaches, and resources. The process of mapping a course provides a complete view of the course with the learner in mind. 

Adapted from The Online Course Mapping Guide (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)


After you’ve established learning outcomes and aligned assessments for the course or unit, you need to identify the topics, content, and skills necessary to achieve those outcomes, as well as the order of the content. You also need to identify learning activities, such as active learning strategies, as well as materials and resources.

Content and skills

What enabling knowledge (facts, concepts, principles) and skills (processes, procedures, strategies) will students need in order to perform effectively and achieve desired results?


What activities will equip students with the required knowledge and skills?

Materials and Resources 

What materials and resources are best suited to accomplish these goals?


How can diagnostic & formative assessment opportunities be provided throughout teaching/learning?

How is instruction as well as diagnostic and formative assessment leading to summative assessment? 

Adapted from Vanderbilt University (CC BY-NC 4.0)


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Learning Objectives

Content (knowledge & skills)

Resources (readings, videos)

Instruction & Learning Activities