Revised (2018) Mapping Process

In order to ensure programs at Durham College meet quality standards, such as those from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), the college is required to provide evidence that we are designing curriculum and providing assessment opportunities that engage and measure the students’ success in meeting the program and course learning outcomes.

The new curriculum mapping activity is an opportunity to connect with your colleagues, revisit the ministry guidelines, and assess the courses to identify the strengths, gaps, and areas of improvement. This means renewing your familiarity with the program learning outcomes and discussing how your course contributes to supporting students in achieving the course learning outcomes and ultimately the program learning outcomes. In linking evaluations of course learning outcomes with program learning outcomes, we provide the evidence required to show that the program assesses the program learning outcomes.

Mapping Resources Prior to 2018 Mapping Season

Each program is guided by Program Learning Outcomes that originate with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). The process of verifying that individual courses in a program meet all the Program Learning Outcomes is called program mapping. Mapping includes examining Course-specific Learning Outcomes (CLO), Essential Employability Skill Outcomes (EESOs) and determining how each course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes, and the EESO, requirements for the program. Curriculum maps also provide an opportunity to indicate where high impact teaching and best practices are incorporated within the curriculum.

In 2011, the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment expanded the mapping process to include a more comprehensive approach to curriculum review. In 2015 the Curriculum Review and Mapping process includes an on-line mapping survey tool to help programs review program outcomes, EESOs, teaching-learning strategies, and evaluation methods. This new process aims to increase the depth of the curriculum review and give programs an opportunity to ensure alignment of outcomes to teaching and evaluation.

Curriculum Review and Mapping is typically a two day session. Mapping needs to be done by the entire team. The result of the session is a confirmation of compliance with MTCU requirements and an identification of major gaps, overlaps, and recommendations.

The Curriculum Review and Mapping process includes a variety of tools including:

A variety of additional tools are available including mapping forms and templates. Program teams may contact the C.A.F.E. for additional resources.

Some faculty may wish to use the following Learning Level Determination Chart to help determine the learning level of the material being taught. Another key resource is the Essential Employability Skills. All students graduating from an Ontario College Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma must be able to reliably demonstrate the EES by the end of their program (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities). At Durham College, we have a longstanding practice of teaching and evaluating relevant EES in ALL courses and programs, as we believe that these skills are equally valuable for ALL graduates.

Mapping that is facilitated by a member of the C.A.F.E. and must be scheduled well in advance. Contact a Curriculum Specialist to find out more about the Curriculum Review and Mapping process. Priority is given to programs that are undergoing program review.