Map: Creating a Curriculum Document

  • A suggested outline structure for a curriculum document is shown below, in which the curriculum is broken out by year of study, semester, course, and course learning outcomes:
>  Year of study
>  Semester
>  Course
>  Course learning outcome 1
>  Course learning outcome 2
>  Course learning outcome 3
  • By including multiple years of study in the same curriculum document, you only have a single document to edit over time and can easily view and filter your whole curriculum in reports. To do this, ExamSoft recommends setting level 1 of the outline structure as the year of study, e.g., Year 1, Year 2 etc. However, the tool is very flexible, and you are free to organize your curriculum in any way you choose.
  • Once you have designed the outline structure for your curriculum document, you can begin creating the online version in Map.

To create a curriculum document manually:

  1. Login to the Liftupp Portal on a laptop or PC (ExamSoft recommends using Google Chrome as your web browser).
  2. Click the Map button in the navigation bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the Create Document option under the Map tab.
Note: If another document is already open in Map, the Create Document option is located under the Main Menu (three dots in the top right).
  1. Give the document a title.
    1. If it is a program-specific curriculum, then include the program name in the title, e.g., Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Curriculum. 
    2. If you are working with a specific date range up front, such as the next 5 years, then you might like to add that to your title for clarity, e.g., Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Curriculum 2022-2027. This title remains editable, even after the specified date range, so you can continue to use the same curriculum document in the future, if you choose.
    3. Toggle the Show Listing option on if you wish to see hierarchy reference numbers against each level in your document structure, otherwise leave it toggled off.
  • Build your document hierarchy
    1. Click the Add New Top Level Item button to add your level 1 items (typically the years of study: Year 1, Year 2 etc.).
    2. Use the + buttons next to each top level item to add your level 2 items (typically the semester: Fall, Spring, Summer etc.).
    3. Repeat this process until you have added all the required levels and items.
    4. Please note, you cannot add a level in the middle of an existing hierarchy. All new levels will be added to the bottom of the hierarchy.
    5. To speed up the process, you can copy and paste text directly from external documents. This is particularly helpful for detailed items, such as course learning outcomes.
    6. If your courses or learning outcomes have unique identifiers or codes (e.g. PHRX6101, CLO1 etc.), or you wish to create your own, you can enter them using the Short Name option. This places them within emboldened brackets in front of your courses or learning outcomes in documents and reports. Short Names help you to search for items in documents, distinguish between similar items, and identify truncated items in report headers.
    7. Toggle the Mappable option off for any levels or items you don’t wish to map to other documents. Typically, you will map your courses and/or course learning outcomes to other documents, but not not the year of study or semester. Note that data is aggregated, or rolled up, in reports so if you map at the course learning outcome level, you will automatically map all the overlying levels in the document hierarchy.
    8. Use the pencil and trash buttons to edit and delete items as required.
  • The Map tool auto-saves every time a change is made.
  • When you have finished creating your curriculum document, or wish to pause, click Done (top right) to exit edit mode.
Additional information can be found in our Map User Guide, which you can download here or from the Help menu in your Liftupp Portal.
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