Course and Educational Experiences are the building blocks that make up a program of study. An integral part of curricula development is the definition of learning outcomes and an assessment strategy that is associated with those outcomes. Another part of curricula development is mapping the scope and sequence of courses within programs to the scope and sequence of previous and subsequent courses and educational experiences.
Because the development and assessment of Course and Educational Experiences is multi-faceted and evolves over time, Outcomes Assessment Course and Educational Experiences have many features that connect with different entities in the system. The Features menu on the homepage of a Course or Educational Experiences contains links to view and manage available features. The ability to view and manage features depends upon a user’s role within the Unit that owns the Course or Educational Experiences.
A 360º View of a Course or Educational Experiences displays a complete summary report delivered in HTML format detailing the properties of the Course or Educational Experiences and all of its associated entities. The 360º View of a Course or Educational Experiences displays:
- Course or Educational Experiences Properties
- Course or Educational Experiences Goals
- Associated Courses and Educational Experiences
- Improvement Projects
- Curriculum Maps
- Course Evaluations
- Portfolio Templates
- Artifact Templates
After opening the 360º View, users can drill down into associated entities by clicking on the 360º View for that entity.
Program Managers have the right to add columns of data, remove columns of data, change the order of the columns, and change the column headers on the list page for Courses and the list page for Educational Experiences. 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 Courses or Educational Experiences.
The individual instances of Courses and educational Experiences that have places, dates, times, and people associated with them are referred to as Sections. Sections are usually represented by the course schedule produced by the registrar's office. A single Course or Educational Experience may have many Sections. Each Section is affiliated with faculty and students Person Records. To learn more, see Sections.
Individual Courses and Educational Experiences can have many goals. An example of a Course level Goal for a molecular biology course may be as follows: students will be able to design and execute an experiment that manipulates a property of a bacterial gene.
A Rubric is an evaluation tool that is used to assess work against a predefined set of Goals. Applying the same Rubric to a project given in all Sections of a Course standardizes the assessment process for all students across all the Sections of that Course. To learn more, see Outcomes Rubrics.
Outcomes Portfolios are sets of materials based on a Portfolio Template that represent achievements over time. They may contain samples of writing, projects, graphs, illustrations, photographs, and multimedia that act as evidence for attaining specific Goals. A Rubric may be attached to a Portfolio Template for evaluation purposes, both self-evaluation and formal review.
Outcomes Artifacts are individual samples of work based on an Artifact Template and used to demonstrate achievement of Goals. Outcomes Artifacts may be included in Outcomes Portfolios or evaluated separately. A Rubric may be attached to an Artifact Template for evaluation purposes. To learn more, see Outcomes Portfolios.
Surveys are an important part of gathering data in support of institutional effectiveness and student achievements. They provide indirect measurements of student learning by relying on self-reported data and implied success. For example, if a student Survey sent to recent graduates finds that students are employed in their fields of study within twelve months of graduating, they must have mastered the goals of their programs. To learn more see, Outcomes Surveys.
Course evaluations are an important tool for gathering data in support of course and program quality, effectiveness, and student satisfaction. They are a direct method of feedback used to improve teaching and learning. To learn more see, Outcomes Course Evaluations.