Curriculum maps are grids for subject-specific research and information literacy skills. They include a sequence of skills that are meant to be developed at different levels of a student's academic career. One of the major benefits of a curriculum map is that it introduces students to new concepts and skills over time, beginning at the freshmen level and progressing through their senior year. Library instruction in upper level courses builds on previous instruction, ensuring that students are developing transferable skills that can be used beyond graduation.
WSU Libraries has developed a general curriculum map for skills and concepts students should master throughout different stages of their career at WSU, as indicated by the WSU Libraries Student Learning Outcomes (see tab above for more information).
While a concept may be introduced at the Beginning or Intermediate level, it may also be reinforced in higher level courses. Likewise, some higher level concepts may be introduced earlier, depending on the research requirements of specific disciplines. Information about subject-specific curriculum maps, developed at the department or program level, can be found below.
Skills Addressed at Different Competency Levels
|Information resources exist beyond Google (explanation of SmartSearch)||Discipline specific research trends||Scholarly communication in the discipline
|Recognizing when help is needed and how to access it||Citing information sources||Fair use and copyright
|Evaluate information sources||Understanding assignments and recognizing when topics need revision||Synthesizing information from different sources
|The concept of peer review||Conducting a literature review in discipline specific sources||Interdisciplinary connectivity|
Curriculum maps are flexible, and can be customized to the needs of a particular department or major. The map will focus on the courses required for degree programs, mapping information skills to the outcomes of the course and the skills students need to be successful. While all students need to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, some skills (such as researching clinical trials or finding financial statements) are particular to their future profession.
Below, you will find examples of curriculum maps created for WSU departments. Librarians are available to collaborate with faculty members to create customized curriculum maps. To discuss the creation of a curriculum map for your area, please contact your liaison librarian or the Coordinator of Library Instructional Services, Kathy Delker at x6331, or firstname.lastname@example.org