Take a Mapped Course

What is a Mapped Course?

A mapped course is a class infused with communication. It will improve your oral, visual, and written communication with targeted assingments and assessements. You can find mapped courses in the SRSU course catalog beginning Fall 2018. 

For communication skills to be improved among students, volunteer faculty will redesign an existing course to incorporate all three QEP SLOs into the curriculum. 

All Mapped Course proposals will follow a QEP Syllabus Template that clearly spells out expectations of the QEP.

Although faculty maintain the freedom to instruct via different methods to suit their specific disciplines, six Cardinal Assessments (see Appendix M) must be completed in each Mapped Class which will be scored with Cardinal Rubrics (see Appendix N) developed by the SLO and Assessment Subcommittee and Faculty Guides.

Cardinal Assessments will test a student’s ability to achieve each SLO. To demonstrate improvement in visual, oral, and written communication over the course of a semester, Faculty Navigators will use process pedagogy for the pre and post assessment; meaning assessment will consist of the same assignment to provide a direct point of comparison to show student improvement.  Students will be assigned a written, oral, and visual communication pre-assessment and then after being scored on the Cardinal Rubric with feedback, students will complete post-assessments over each of the three student learning outcomes. 

The QEP Cardinal Assessment to evaluate written communication is a Journal Article Summary. Reviewing journal articles is an important assignment on its own or as part of a much loftier research paper. Students must choose articles from peer-reviewed or scholarly journals in library databases, and these articles must relate to the field of study that the class discusses, or a specific concept assigned by a Navigator. A format for the article summary is provided to students with examples.

The QEP Cardinal Assessment to evaluate oral communication is a Peer Teaching model. Students will take a concept or key construct of the class, as assigned by the instructor, and teach or lecture to their peers. Students will follow a given informative speech outline, and the peer teaching should last approximately five minutes.

The QEP Cardinal Assessment to evaluate visual communication is a PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint can be a powerful tool for supplementing verbal presentations or visually communicating a message. The content may be determined by the instructor, but the presentation must be at least six slides and follow the QEP defined format.

At the core of our effort to assess student learning is the adoption of rubrics on oral, written, and visual communication based on the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU). Widely used by other universities, the AACU rubrics were modified by the QEP SLOs and Assessment Subcommittee to more directly fit our QEP’s learning outcomes. Through their adoption, our QEP intended to provide a common standard and framework to align faculty assessment of student work.