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Outcomes Courses and Educational Experiences

Courses are made up of sets of materials and tools that are organized to help students achieve specific objectives. Courses are described in an institution's course catalog, are often assigned a certain level of difficulty or targeted audience, may have prerequisites, and can have a defined Place within the structure of a Program. For example, a Course on Educational Psychology may be targeted for second year Education and Psychology majors and have a prerequisite of Psy101A and Psy101B. This might be a required course for Education majors and an elective for Psychology majors.

Educational Experiences are made up of sets of materials and experiences that are organized to help students achieve specific skills or objectives, for example, student teaching. Educational Experiences represent specific events that are part of a Program but do not follow the conventions of a Course. Educational Experiences can correspond to internships, practicum, seminars, workshops, study abroad, community service projects, and life experiences.

Adding a Course or Educational Experience

Course and Educational Experiences can be added manually or they can be batch added from the Administrator Panel or from any Unit. Course and Educational Experiences that are made Public appear to all users on their list pages. Course and Educational Experiences that are not public appear only to the users in the owning Unit.

The information required for defining the creation of new Course and Educational Experiences within an institution is determined by the institution and is controlled by a configurable form available in the Template Builder located on the Administrator Panel. Depending on the individual requirements of a Course or Educational Experiences’ definition, data collection fields that reflect the types of data desired can be added. To learn more, see Configuring the Outcomes Environment.

The list page that displays all the Course and Educational Experiences within a Unit can be modified so that columns can be added, removed, or reordered. The header of the columns can be renamed as well. Use these modifications to display the most useful information to users working in the application.