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5 Tips for Course Alignment: Improve student outcomes while mapping your curriculum

August 15, 2018

5 Tips for Course Alignment: Improve student outcomes while mapping your curriculum

Recently, Dan Thompson, Sr. Manager of Education and Assessment at ExamSoft Worldwide, discussed how ExamSoft can help faculty improve student outcomes for the upcoming semester with a few tips and tricks involving course alignment.

The key takeaways from the presentation include:

  1. Align their learning objectives with course content and assessments to:

    • Ensure content is covered at a level appropriate for their students.

    • Confirm their curriculum covers necessary content to improve student success.

    • Map their curriculum for accreditation.

  2. Use curricular alignment as a tool to appropriately communicate expectations to students.

  3. Evaluate assessment items to ensure they are fair and appropriate in assessing course content.

Appropriately aligning your course from learning objectives through summative assessments is vital to creating an atmosphere that promotes student success. Additionally, constructing a course that communicates expectations to students while teaching and assessing at the appropriate academic level has several benefits beyond the classroom. The simple process of proactively mapping exam items to the proper measurable categories establishes an organizational structure to achieve these curricular and individual course goals. This presentation addresses the process of aligning all course components while mapping exam items as a method to improve student outcomes and map the curriculum for institutional success and accreditation requirements.

“If you proactively map your exams items appropriately, there's no limit to what you can measure and learn from student assessment performance data."
-Dan Thompson

To view a PDF copy of the presentation, please click here

 

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