The New Outcomes system: Three ways to assess learning

The New Outcome system was created by Open LMS to meet the needs of instructors in assessing their students on competency based learning. Through this system instructors are able to map competencies to course content resources activities quiz questions and rubric rows. If you have not already added outcomes to your course review Marcelo’s blog Five Things You Need to Know to Start Using the New Outcomes in Joule to learn how to begin. Now that your course has been aligned to outcomes it is time to decide how these outcomes will be assessed.

Assessing using Completion Marking

The New Outcome system has a built in report called Completion Marking which displays a list of the outcomes aligned to the course for each student individually. The report is broken into six columns. As you can see in the image below the first two columns are the ID number associated to the outcome and the name of the outcome and the next three display the percentage of completion average grade and scale items associated to each outcome.. By clicking on the number shown under the columns Completion and Average Grade the instructor can view which activities were completed and the exact grade received for the completed activities. If the instructor believes the student has learned the competency they would mark the checkbox under the Complete column and then save changes.

Assessing at the activity level

By aligning outcomes to a Rubric Row within an activity instructors are able to give a grade (point value) to each outcome. Through the use of evaluating outcomes within Rubrics instructors are able to give individual assessment per outcome that is visible to the student when viewing the activity. Both feedback and a point value can be part of the assessment based on the setting options selected when creating the activity and rubric. To do this create the course Assignments and Advanced Forums and select Rubrics as the grading option. Create the rubric defining the criteria as an individual outcome then add the guideline descriptions accordingly. Once the student has completed their submission for the activity grade using the Rubric by selecting the appropriate level of competency for each outcome and level feedback.

Assessing at the course level

There is not yet a feature in Joule that allows instructors to manually rate the level of competency for each outcome at the course level. In order to complete such task instructors will have to create an Assignment activity that its sole purpose was for evaluation of course outcomes. This would be done by adding the course outcomes to the individual Rubric Rows. The activity would not be graded unless you wanted the points to be added to the course grade nor would it require an online or file submission. First add an Assignment activity to the course. Next set the assignment settings to no online or file submission. Then select the assignment to not be graded but to use Rubric as the Grading Method. Create the rubric using the outcomes that will be assessed in the course and determine the rubric settings. Even though the activity is set to not graded it will still appear in the gradebook so that overall feedback will display. Therefore if you do not want it to appear in the gradebook go to the Categories and Items tab in the Grades area and hide the activity by closing the eye.

To learn more about the New Outcome system join us in the Learning Solutions offering Outcomes Management with Joule.

~Janelle Gieseke

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