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What is Course Map?
Course Map enables instructors to guide students
through the learning process.
Help students navigate to course activities in the
course site from one location.
Organize key course items into a learning path,
grouped into units, weeks, etc.
Edit course items directly from Course Map.
Control the open and due dates of all items from
Make access of course items dependent on
completion of others (blockers).
Set mastery level that students must achieve prior
to moving onto other items.
Stay on target with items and deadlines. See all
due dates in one page.
Monitor progress: Completed items are listed with
a green check , in-progress work
is flagged with an 'in-progress' icon
Go to tasks (readings, tests, discussions, etc.)
directly from Course Map (hot links). Can't get lost in the site as
Access scores and instructor's grading feedback
from Course Map.
Where is Course Map located?
Once enabled, Course Map will appear just below
"Home" on your site's left menu.
How do I enable Course Map?
Go to Site Info >> Edit Tools >> Check Course Map
>> Continue and finish the process.
You may enable it in DEV and term sites.
Do students have Course Map?
Yes, they do. It lists all the items that you see
in your Course Map, except any unpublished, invisible or invalid ones. It
allows students to see at a glance what they have done and must complete.
The students' view of Course Map resembles your
overview of student details in Activity Meter.
Please refer to the Student Quick-Start Guide of
Course Map for details.
What preparation is needed to use Course Map?
At the most basic level, you don't have to do
anything for your students to benefit from Course Map!
Once added to your sites, Course Map will pick up
(on its own) your syllabus, modules, gradable discussions, and
assignments, tests and surveys - and it will list them in order, based on
open date. The Syllabus will be listed first. Items with no open dates
will be listed at the end.
As you add or remove items in modules, discussions
and in AT&S, Course Map will adjust the list, automatically.
However, there are a few things that you could do
to take full advantage of Course Map's power. See next section.
What information is listed in Course Map?
Course Map lists the following from your course
Modules (except archived ones)
Discussions (gradable categories, gradable forums,
and gradable topics)
Assignments, tests and surveys (except archived
Here is a sample view of Course Map with a few
items from each of the above course components:
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A green check by the Syllabus, modules,
assessments, or discussions indicates that they are published and accessible
to students from Course Map.
A red icon by the Course Map items indicates that they are
not accessible nor visible to students.
How can I take advantage of Course Map to help my
Below is a summary of what you can do in Course
Add organizational structure: Insert
headings to group your items into weeks or themes, based on your teaching
approach. By grouping your Course Map items into manageable chunks, you
will make it easier on students to stay on track.
To insert a heading, click on the
icon just below an item (far
right). A field will appear. Enter your heading.
You may reorder the position of a heading or delete it (see icons for
these functions to the far right of the heading).
Adjust the order of your items: By default,
Course Map lists items from modules, discussions, and AT&S by open date.
The Syllabus is always listed first, and items with no dates are listed at
the bottom. You may need to order items in Course Map by a sequence other
than open dates.
To adjust the position of items on your Map, use the numeric drop-down
menus to the right of each row or drag-and-drop.
a) The numeric option is best if you need to move one item from a position
to another specific position. Change the number of an item to where you
want it to be positioned. The screen will refresh and the item will be
moved and saved to the new position.
b) For ordering multiple items, the drag-and-drop ordering functionality
is much more efficient. An icon with an up / down
arrow to the far right of CM is used to indicate drag-and-drop support.
note that you can ‘grab’ a row anywhere to reposition it; the icon is
just in place to indicate that drag-and-drop support is available.
Hold down a row with your mouse and drag it to a new position. Release
the mouse. Save.
click on “Save” after you are done reordering items (or other CM
This allows you to order multiple items and save them all at once. Once
drag-and-drop is used though, the numeric ordering option is hidden,
since the numbers would be out of order. Upon clicking on “Save,” you
have both ordering options back on your CM.
Adjust your dates: Course Map it makes it
easier to spot discrepancies in the dates of your course items, as it
allows you to view your dates in one page. You can change your dates in
Course Map and click on Save to preserve your changes.
Once an item is in Course Map, changes to dates
will not change its position. The only way to change the order of items
in Course Map, once CM has picked up the item, is to change the order in
the map. When an item has a new date, Course Map flags it for you. You
can re-order it and click on Accept Positions.
Set prerequisites: Course Map allows you to
set items on the map to be 'blockers' - meaning that students cannot
access anything below a blocker item until it is completed. Any item on
the Course Map can be set to a blocker (i.e. syllabus, modules,
discussions, tests, assignments and surveys). The only exception is
discussions that don't have a minimum post requirement, as CM can't mark
these items as complete.
To set an item as a blocker, check the box on the left of its title. In
the below example, the Syllabus is a blocker.
In the above example, students will not be able to access the module,
discussion or quiz 1 unless they accept the syllabus.
Once you've set blockers in Course Map, your course site is 'aware' of them.
If students try to take Quiz 1 from AT&S, in the above example, they will
see a "Prerequisite" link with what they must do first. In Course Map, the
rest of the items will not be hot link until the Syllabus is accepted.
If invalid or unpublished items are blockers, the blocking will be ignored
by CM. Items must be available to students to take hold.
Set mastery level: At the top of the Course
Map page, you can set your mastery level (i.e. 80%). The mastery
level feature works with assessments that are set to 'unlimited' tries.
This is ideal for practice skills tests. It allows students to keep taking
the test until they reach the master level.
If an assessment is a blocker and is set to 'unlimited' tries,
students will not be able to proceed until they reach your mastery
level. If the assessment is set to unlimited tries, but it is not a
'blocker', students will be able to move on without having met the mastery
level, but Course Map will inform them visually that they haven't met it
To set the mastery learning level, add the percentage that you desire and
click on 'Save'. This value will be applied to all assessments that are
set to unlimited tries. You can change the mastery level value at any
time. It'll be effective immediately.
In the below example, Quiz 2 is set as a blocker. It is also set to
'unlimited tries.' Students will not be able to gain access to
anything below Quiz 2, until they complete it with a score of 80% or
better. If students don't earn the mastery level points required to move
on, they will be informed by Course Map (alert icon
by the quiz title).
Glossary of icons
||Published - Viewable in the students' list.
Access - Invisible discussion or deny access forum.
- Located by dates, this icon indicates that the item is not accessible by
students (not yet open or closed)
- Bad dates (invalid items are not visible to students. Once you fix the
dates, they will be).
Flagged items are either newly added in Course Map or their open date was
changed in the tools.
A note on guests
Guests are held to dates but not to
prerequisites by Course Map. Assign guests the role of 'student' under
Site Info for student privileges.