Let’s look at a few examples of clear roadmaps; some obvious, others less so.
Course Syllabi and Outlines
Provide course syllabi and outlines that provide explicit information such as due dates, grading criteria, assignment weights, exams, projects, etc.
Outline of Course Material
Provide an outline of the course material so that students can measure course progression and anticipate upcoming lessons.
Maintain consistency in assessments. Use wording and question formats on quizzes and assignments that are similar or identical to those used on heavily weighted exams. This will help eliminate confusion, and reduce undue test anxiety.
Intersperse assignments, tests, projects, et cetera throughout a course to measure student progress and performance. This helps students assess their performance from the outset and ameliorates end-of-term surprises relative to academic standing in the course.
Clear Expectations and Feedback
Provide clear program expectations along with mechanisms to provide step-by-step feedback for students relative to their progress in meeting requirements.
Construct course and departmental materials that are equally accessible for students with diverse characteristics and needs such as deaf, blind, physically limited, English language learners, part-time and full-time students, distance-based and on-site based learners, and evening and daytime students.