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Educational Experiences Level Goals

Educational Experiences offered at an institution vary widely and are owned by many different places. Each Educational Experience has certain goals that students strive to meet within the timeframe of the course. Goals are measurable and students are assessed against them using identified criteria. Goals can have very concrete criteria such as a minimum number of hours spent doing community service, or criteria that are measured by projects demonstrating particular abilities such as project planning, service leadership, or public speaking.

After Educational Experiences Level goals have been set and added to the system, they can be associated with instruments to measure the level of achievement. Educational Experiences Level goals can also be associated with Rubrics to evaluate any criteria and performance indicators for the goal.

Educational Experiences Level goals can be aligned with other goals in the system to analyze how they contribute to the achievements of other Educational Experiences, Courses, Programs, Units, and the institution as a whole.

Educational Experiences Level goals can be integrated with the Blackboard Learn platform. Course participants are able to view the Educational Experiences Level goals as defined in Outcomes Assessment.

The information required for defining the creation of new Educational Experiences Level goals 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 goal's 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 Educational Experiences Level goals 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.

Adding an Educational Experiences Level Goal

Educational Experiences Level goals are created within an Educational Experiences using the Features menu. Educational Experiences Level goals can be added manually or they can be batch added. Educational Experiences Level goals that are made public appear to all users on their list pages. Educational Experiences Level goals that are not public appear only to the users in the owning place.

Educational Experiences Level goals are not accessible from the Unit home page or the Program home page so users cannot see a list of all Educational Experiences Level goals for all Educational Experiences in a Unit. This is done using the Reporting link on the System Administrator Panel under Outcomes Assessment.

Editing an Educational Experiences Level Goal

Educational Experiences Level goals can be edited manually or by using a batch process. Edit an Educational Experiences Level goals to change the goal’s properties such as its name, attachments, start or end dates. Edit an Educational Experiences Level goals to view and manage the alignments of other goals in the system, or to associate a rubric to the Educational Experiences Level goals.

Removing a Educational Experiences Level Goal

To remove an Educational Experiences Level goals , select it and click Remove. Any alignments and associations for that goal are lost, but the associated rubrics and aligned goals remain in the system.

Customizing the List Page for Educational Experiences Level Goals

Unit Managers have the right to add columns of data, remove columns of data, change the order of the columns, and change the column headers. Removing a column does nothing to the data; it simply removes it from the list page. Changing the column header does not impact the field label on the form. Customized list pages appear the same for all users accessing the unit.

Educational Experiences Level Goals and Course Connections

After Educational Experiences Level goals have been added to an Outcomes Assessment Educational Experience, they can be connected to any course in Blackboard Learn. The instructor can view the Educational Experiences Level goals from the course Control Panel to ensure that the material being delivered in the course meet stated goals. Students can view the Educational Experiences Level goals from the Tools panel.

To connect Outcomes Assessment Educational Experiences Level goals to an existing course, add Educational Experiences Level goals and Educational Experiences Sections to the Outcomes Assessment Educational Experiences, and then add the existing course to the properties of the Outcomes Assessment Educational Experiences Section.