The TOOL course states that content maps are used to ensure heightened productivity and time management. As an instructor for GAVS, I am familiar with the courses that I teach and the different projects assigned. I am also familiar with the differences of learners and know that it is often crucial, especially for students with a 504 plan or an IEP, to break down larger projects into steps for them. I have never seen a student that didn't benefit from that. Each chapter we complete, no matter what level of Spanish I am teaching, there is always a Vocabulary and Grammar Project. Students are to take all of the knowledge gained in a chapter (vocabulary and grammar) and employ it together in a project. They are also required to use images and create audio for the assignment. There are times when this project seems too big to wrap our mind around, and this is when a mind map becomes most useful. Please see the mind map below that was created for one specific assignment in a course I have taught to help break down the steps of the project.
This content map contains all areas of the content (vocabulary and grammar) that are required in the project discussed. It is broken down including the different options offered by students, instructions for completing different aspects via links, and all of the requirements that must be included. Online learning demands a self-directed learner. Sometimes students that begin an online course are not self-directed, but they learn to be. A tool such as a mind map can help them in their pursuit to take their education into their own hands and be responsible for their own learning. This is what we want to do for all learners- we want to help them learn on their own. While these characteristics are difficult to directly teach in an online setting, instruments like this make it possible. Take a look at it; would you be able to complete the assignment given these tools?