Course Map - Quick Start Guide (Ver. 1.0)

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What is Course Map?

Course Map enables instructors to guide students through the learning process.

Instructor Benefits:

  • 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 one page.

  • Make access of course items dependent on completion of others (blockers).

  • Set mastery level that students must achieve prior to moving onto other items.

Student Benefits:

  • 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 , etc.

  • Go to tasks (readings, tests, discussions, etc.) directly from Course Map (hot links). Can't get lost in the site as easily.

  • 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 It lists all the items that you see in your Course Map, except any unpublished, invisible or invalid ones.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 site:

  • Syllabus

  • Modules (except archived ones)

  • Discussions (gradable categories, gradable forums, and gradable topics)

  • Assignments, tests and surveys (except archived ones)

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 learners?

Below is a summary of what you can do in Course Map:

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

    Please 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.

    You MUST click on “Save” after you are done reordering items (or other CM functions). 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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.

  5. 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 (yellow alert).

    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.
Deny Access - Invisible discussion or deny access forum.
Closed - Located by dates, this icon indicates that the item is not accessible by students (not yet open or closed)
Invalid - Bad dates (invalid items are not visible to students. Once you fix the dates, they will be).
Flagged - 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.


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