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Creating and Managing Goals

With the goals tool, administrators can create goals, align goals to courses, and run course goal coverage reports. Instructors cannot create goals.

Aligning course content and activities with goals provides instructors with:

  • Clarity on content coverage of desired learning objectives.
  • Performance data on student progress against standards.
  • Support of remediation and retention efforts based on student performance.

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  1. Search for goals by Source, Set Type, and Status.
  2. Add Goal Sets by creating new sets or importing sets. Access a goal set's contextual menu to update content alignments and to run reports on the goal set coverage as well as relationships that exist in the system for selected goals.
  3. Add Categories. Access a category's contextual menu to associate the category to courses and run reports on category coverage as well as relationships that exist in the system for a specific category.
  4. Add Goals. Access a goal's contextual menu to create child goals, view related goals, and run reports on goal coverage across all courses in the system as well as relationships that exist in the system for a particular type of goal.
  5. Click Run Reports to access coverage information across courses for all active goal sets within the selected source and goal type.

How to Add Goals

Administrators can create goals within the tool or Import Goals.

  1. On the My Institution tab, in the Tools module, click Goals. Alternatively, you can access the Administrator Panel and in the Tools and Utilities section, select Goals.
  2. On the Goals page, point to Add Goal Set to access the drop-down list and select Create New Goal Set.
  3. In the pop-up box, type the Set Name.
  4. Type the Set Type. If the Set Type already exists, it appears as you type.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Type the name of a category. Each goal set must have one category.
  7. Click Add Goal.
  8. Type the Goal Text. This text appears in the list of goals.
  9. Type the Goal Type.
  10. Click Submit.

How to Run Reports for Goals

Administrators can run a Full Coverage Overview report that displays aggregated coverage information across courses for all active goal sets within the selected Source and Goal Type. An overview of the types of content items aligned to these goals is also provided. To learn about reports that instructors can run, see Goals.

  1. On the My Institution tab, in the Tools module, click Goals. Alternatively, you can access the Administrator Panel and in the Tools and Utilities section, select Goals.
  2. Select Run Reports.

Report data is automatically refreshed in the system once per day at midnight. For example, when you align content to a goal, that alignment does not appear in goals-related reports until the refresh occurs. Your school’s Blackboard administrator can refresh the report data manually, if needed. Access the Administrator Panel > System Reporting > Refresh Report Data to refresh it immediately.