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 student Person Records. Sections are always owned by courses. Sections cannot be moved without moving the owning courses.
Individual Sections can be linked to the platform using Course Connections so that the Outcomes Assessment Objectives of the course can be viewed by instructors and students through the course, encouraging student-centered learning.
Sections can be added and modified singly or they can be batch-added or modified from the Administrator Panel or from any Unit. Sections that are made public appear to all users on their list pages. Sections that are not public appear only to the users in the owning Unit.
The information required for defining the creation of new Sections 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 Section’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 Sections 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.
Person Records in the system must be affiliated with a Section to be added to any Distribution Lists for Surveys, Course Evaluations, or Evaluation Portfolios. Person Records also must be affiliated with the Section to have their data added to any Reports generated from the Section based on enrollment or other person-centered information. Person-centered information could include, for example, students that are enrolled in a Section, the instructors who are teaching Sections in a Program, the department chairs whose faculty members teach the Sections of courses in a Program, and curriculum committee members who are reviewing the Sections of a course. To learn more about Person Records and Affiliations, see Outcomes Affiliations.
After Outcomes Assessment Course Objectives are added to a course, they can be connected to an existing course. The instructor for the existing course can view the Course Objectives from the course Control Panel to help ensure that material being delivered in the course meets stated objectives. Students can view the Course Objectives from the Tool Panel, encouraging student-centered learning.
To connect Outcomes Assessment Course Objectives to an existing course, add Course Objectives and Course Sections to the Outcomes Assessment Course, and then add the existing Course to the properties of the Outcomes Assessment Course Section.