How to Create and Edit Curriculum Maps

When you log in to Planning & Self Study by Watermark, you will see a page that looks like this, with dashboards for each organization- such as a program, co-curricular or administrative unit- for which you have been assigned as a lead contributor to enter assessment and planning data. Each dashboard includes links that take you directly to areas to enter specific content into, such as an assessment plan and mission statement. You may see multiple such dashboards if you have been assigned as a lead contributor for multiple organizations at your institution. If you do not see one or more organizations that you expect to see on your home page, please contact a Planning & Self-Study administrator at your institution for clarification.




Creating and Editing Curriculum Maps

About Curriculum Maps

Planning & Self-Study by Watermark allows you to demonstrate to what degree your program’s learning outcomes are addressed in your courses. This is a feature that is exclusive to program-type organizations at your institution. Before you can create a Curriculum Map for your program, you must document your program’s learning outcomes (see Help Center section titled "How to Create and Edit Outcomes") and then you must identify the courses offered by your program (see Help Center section titled "Adding Courses to a Program").


Create/Edit a Curriculum Map

You can access your Curriculum Map by navigating through your Home Page, or through the Organization Management tab.


Home Page Navigation

To start work on your program Curriculum Map, first locate your program dashboard from your home page, then click either Create Map (if you are creating Curriculum Map for the first time) or Edit Map (if you are editing an existing Curriculum Map).

Organization Management Tab Navigation

Locate the Organization Management tab on the left hand side of your screen. Click on the name of a program. You will see the ‘Curriculum Map’ card under the ‘Curriculum’ tab along the statistics card for that program. You can then click on the pencil icon to access the Curriculum Map.
Curriculum Map under Curriculum tab for Program type Organizations
Either option (Home Page Navigation, or Organization Management Tab navigation) will take you to the following page for editing the curriculum map for the program you have selected:

Adding or Removing Outcomes from a Program Curriculum Map

Your program’s outcome set is located on the left-hand side of your Curriculum Map, listing the outcomes within it from top to bottom. If you need to edit your outcome set, click the icon of the pencil at the top of this list.
You can then mark outcomes you wish to include with a check mark, and click on the purple button in the upper right hand corner of the screen to “Apply Selection.”

Adding or Removing Courses from a Program Curriculum Map

Your program’s courses are listed across the top of your page from left to right. If your course list exceeds the display limit, you can navigate through them by clicking the arrows to the right.
If you need to add or remove courses from this list, click the icon of the pencil.


When the pencil icon is clicked, a fly-out to manage/include courses in the Curriculum Map will appear. You can enter all or part of a course code to search for matches.

You will then see any courses that are currently associated with the Program, along with an ’Include in Map’ toggle for each course. If a course is not included in the curriculum map, you can include it by moving that toggle to ‘Yes.’ If a course is included in the curriculum map, you can remove it by moving that toggle to ‘No’. You can also include/remove all courses with the “Include all” toggle.
Include Course in Curriculum Map fly-out
Align Outcomes to Courses
To affiliate an outcome with a course, first click on a cell where that outcome intersects with the desired course. This will open a new panel on the right.
Use the checkboxes in that right panel to choose to what degree an outcome is aligned to a course using the indicators, Introduce, Reinforce, and/or Master. You may select multiple indicators. As you check the boxes for these indicators, your Curriculum Map will update to reflect your alignment selections.


Add Assessment Measures

Your Curriculum Map also allows you to document assessment measures for outcomes that are associated with certain courses in the program. First, click on a cell where an outcome and course intersect. This will open a new panel on the right.
Click the ADD MEASURE button from this panel. 

You will then see the following fields you can use to enter information about your measure: a dropdown menu to categorize the Method, and text response areas to enter a Title, Target, and Description. When you are finished, click ADD in the upper right hand corner of the page.
Your Measure will now appear in the right-hand panel, and will be included in future and current assessment Plans. This information will be displayed in the Reference column to the right of your Measure Title. 

Save and Close

Once you have finished mapping your outcomes, click either the Create button (if this is your first time working on a Curriculum Map) or the Update button (every time after the first) located in the upper right-hand corner of your page to close the window and save your changes. You may also close your Curriculum Map by clicking the X in the upper left-hand corner of the page to undo any content you have entered in your map.

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Sharing a Curriculum Map

Curriculum Maps can be shared with external stakeholders via a web link. This allows leads to share curriculum maps with Deans, Provosts, or other faculty to facilitate discussions on the extent to which the courses that make up a degree program support the intended outcomes students that choose that program. Links can be posted on websites for reference or used in presentations during assessment retreats. Prior to this feature being developed, leads and administrators could only view Curriculum Maps by logging into a Planning & Self-Study account and sharing their screens or taking a screenshot.  Leads and Administrators can generate the link by clicking on the share button. The share button can be found on the Curriculum Map card as well as within the curriculum map.



The above picture shows the Curriculum Map card with two widgets and the share button.

In addition, new widgets have been added to the Curriculum Map card for quick access to information. The first widget tells the ratio of courses available to the ratio to which they are mapped, and the second widget provides the number of outcomes available in the Curriculum Map.


Users may also access the share online option by clicking the Edit button on the Curriculum Map Card, which will bring up the Curriculum Map. The Share Online button will be located in the upper right corner.

When you click the share button, a modal window appears with an enable public share link toggle button.



The above picture shows the share online modal window with toggle button.


When a Lead enabled the toggle button, then the link of the Read only Curriculum Map would appear and a copy link button can be used to copy the link and share it.




The above picture shows the toggle button enabled with a link and a copy link button beside it.


When an external user opens the curriculum map link, the view is read-only.

mceclip4.pngView of the read-only Curriculum Map 


On the read-only version, external users can drill into the alignment and see measure details.


View of the Read only Curriculum Map with the associated measure details to the right.


If any changes are made to the Curriculum map after the link has been shared with the stakeholders, the Curriculum map is updated real time.


When the toggle button is deactivated, the Curriculum map view access is revoked from the users who had access to it through the shared link. If they try to access the link, they will get an unauthorized view message.



Unauthorized view to view curriculum Map when the user tries to access the link while the toggle is off in the share online modal window.


Edit Alignment Loader

We've included a loading indicator when course details are loading to keep the user informed about the progress. This is especially pertinent when updating a big list of courses in alignment, as it may require an extensive amount of time to load.


When a user clicks on the edit alignment as shown in the picture below then a loader would appear to let the user know.



View of plan details, on clicking the Edit alignment a loader would appear.



View of the loader on clicking Edit alignment.



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