Learning Outcomes – Instructure Canvas Feature Highlight


>>We’re trying to leverage the existing
organization that you have within your school. And so we get this information from your
student information system automatically with our integration. Essentially, you have a main campus account,
you might have some different colleges, like the engineering college
and the business college, and the separate departments underneath these. In our terminology, this is called a subaccount,
and we just re-create the organization that you already have, and then we
leverage this for learning outcomes. So, how this happens is that you can
create a learning outcome at any level of this hierarchy including
at the course level as well. So, for instance if I created a learning
outcome that I’ve named number three here in the engineering school, this learning
outcome will now propagate and be available for alignment in all the subdepartments
and any of the courses underneath them. Likewise, in the business school,
if I create a learning outcome, it will automatically propagate. If I want to have a learning outcome that
I’m going to align across departments with different schools, we go up one
more level and create a learning outcome and it will all apply to all the
different courses across campus. I’m in my account administration,
and I can see my learning outcomes, and I have an outcome group where I’ve
organized all the different learning outcomes that I am using for the Bachelor
of Business program. So, for each of these learning
outcomes, I can give it a quick name. I can come out with the different details of it
that expresses “This is the learning objective that after a student has gone through
our material or through our program that they’re going to have this
characteristic or they have acquired this skill. This is the outcome that is
desired for the student to have.” I can review this, but I can also edit these
and create these different learning outcomes. We use a rich content editor, so
you can give a good description of, if you’re looking at a student
artifact, “How should I assess this?” We also set up a specific assessment framework. You can add different ratings
here, as fine-grain level of learning outcomes as you would like. The points here can be used for scoring or not. This is where set your custom scale. So, for example, with this
“exceeds expectations,” when we give you the raw data back, we
actually say that they were assessed as a two, so you can interpret and create your
own custom scales for your own analysis. Now, with learning outcomes, you still want
to know if they’ve achieved mastery or not. This is why we use our threshold, so you can
still have the fine-grain level of criteria in assessment, but you still have the
course-grain level if they are competent or not. And here according to the scale that I’ve
created, that if they have a one or above, then I’m telling the system that it should be
considered as mastery or competency according to a certain learning outcome,
and below it is not. To do alignment of learning outcomes in
Instructure Canvas, we use our rubric tool. When I’m creating a rubric, I
can create different criteria that would apply to just this assignment only. I can also click this thing
for finding outcome criteria, which will show me all the different
learning outcomes that have propagated down the organizational hierarchy that
I explained earlier into this course. I can easily see what the learning outcome is,
its description, its customized grading scale or assessment scale, and I can choose whether
or not I want to use this for scoring. So, if I uncheck this and I add this outcome,
now it adds it directly into my rubric. Now, that’s going to align this specific
learning outcome with all the content as part of this assignment and all future student
submissions as part of it as well. You can see here since I’m
not using it for scoring, it doesn’t update the total points
possible for this assignment. So, I can just do assessment
to the student as well. With the rubric tool, I can align
this specific assignment or activity with multiple learning outcomes
as well if I’m using it for both. And we just mark each specific row or
criteria with this little sun icon to show that this is aligned with a learning outcome. Now I’d like to show you
how to do the assessment from a teacher perspective
using these learning outcomes. In our Speed Grader, we give the
assignment, and when I edit the rubric, I can see that I just have another
row for these learning outcomes. I just use it just normally like I do my normal
rubric, and this will automatically tabulate and record that I have assessed this
student using this specific criteria and what they achieved in their assessment
automatically into those reports. There’s a little dialog box right here where
I can give additional feedback in addition to the rubric as well on each learning outcome. The idea here is that we shouldn’t have
to go to a separate system in order to track learning outcomes and the
objectives of our university or institution. The idea here is that we’ve incorporated
the best uses of learning outcomes into the actual assessment
when the teacher is doing it. So, it doesn’t create any additional work for
the teacher to contribute to learning outcomes for their own pedagogical purposes or for
the accreditation for the entire institution. For every outcome that you create,
we have a live updating report that shows all the artifacts
that have been assessed recently across the entire system
using the specific outcome. I can see Laura has been assessed and that she
achieved mastery on this in the business course. I can also see Jin Li [phonetic] in the accounting course using the same
learning outcome aligned across courses, and he also achieved mastery
according to my own criteria. If I click on this specific artifact, I’m
actually presenting with this specific and exact artifact that the student turned in. I can see the conversation that this
student has been having with the teacher about this specific artifact
in this learning activity. If I click on the rubric, I can
see exactly how they were assessed from either the teacher or the other assessor. This little sun icon shows that this
criteria is aligned with a learning outcome, because you can have also
assignment-level criteria as well. You’ll see a drop-down list here, is because a
student work can be assessed by multiple people. A good case of this is where a student is
assessed why their peers in a peer review. You can also have someone outside of
the teacher do these other assessments. And so you can see each way that they
have been assessed using this criteria with the learning outcomes. If I click on the student now, I can see all
the different outcomes that have been aligned with any of the work that the student
has inside of their courses and whether or not the student is achieving competency
according to my own learning outcomes that I have set up in my framework. So, I can see that they’ve achieved
competency on their last submission according to the outcome across all of their courses. Of course, all the data with learning
outcomes is available in a raw form so you can do your own analysis in addition to
all the built-in reports that we also provide.

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