2. Course Information
|Under the 🌐 All Curriculum tab of your internal, private Atlas site, you will find links to Browse, Adopted Standards, and References. When customizing your public site, you have the ability to customize this tab to include a variety of different collections of information for your stakeholders. Schools should also consider how much detail about each course they would like to share, including course titles and teacher information. Here are three of the most common ways that schools display their course information.|
Many schools opt to include a bank of course descriptions in their public site. When designing curriculum, Atlas provides a field for a course description for every course and unit. Users can use the same filtering features to explore grade levels and content areas and read the descriptions of each course without the details of the unit calendar or curriculum map.
Another option schools may choose to include their adopted standards as a feature of their public sites. This will provide a set of dropdown menus for users. They will be able to select the content area standard set, then narrow to a specified grade level or band, and if the standard set is broken down by strand, a dropdown menu including these will appear as well.
Schools may also consider including a 📊 Reports tab to their public site, giving access to some or all of the reporting features to help stakeholders review their curriculum through a variety of filters and data representations. This feature may be especially useful if one of your target audiences is an accreditation body who would need to review specific groups of curriculum maps or certain components across multiple courses.
3. Leveraging of Atlas Features
|As your teams work in Atlas behind the scenes, they should do so with the public site in mind. As courses and units are developed, utilize the draft feature to keep units hidden from the public site until they are completed and approved.|
|Designers should also consider utilizing the formatting features in their curriculum mapping to help guide their stakeholders, such as color coding units of focus and/or activating the Standards Status Management feature to highlight focused standards in units|
Schools should also consider their individual unit templates and what components of those are important to share on the public site. Each unit template is customized to meet the individual needs of the school, and can be customized even further to share out only key components with the public. For example, if it is important to share the adopted standards of a course and the common assessments targeting those standards, but the remaining components of the lesson aren’t necessary for the target audience, those can remain hidden across the curriculum published to the public site.
|Lastly, If there is more than one map per course, schools should determine which version should be shared. If there are multiple levels or versions of a single course map available on the public site for outside users, there may be confusion about which is the actual map being taught in a classroom. If there are multiple maps for a course because there are multiple teachers with unique components that you would like made public, consider ensuring that there is distinctive identifying information in the course description or in including teacher information.|