Create a learning outcome at the organization (program) level
In the Standards tool, Programs provide the opportunity to create higher-level learning outcomes which apply to multiple courses and can be imported into a course. Programs are optional to use; however, if you are using them in your organization, you should add them before you consider course-level learning outcomes.
At a high level, you create a program and then add standards that will apply to the whole program. Standards can be added from ASN (Achievements Standards Network), or you can manually create custom standards.
Note: The name of the Learning Outcomes tool and some menu items and links therein depend on the language term you have defined in the d2l.Languages.Terminology.LearningOutcomes configuration variable. Based on that setting, the Standards link in Course Administration might be labeled Competencies, Expectations, Objectives, or Learning Outcomes In this topic, assume the configuration variable is set to Standards.
- If you are not already in the Learning Outcomes tool, using a role that has the Manage Content and Manage Programs permission at the org level, click Admin Tools.
- Under Organization Related, click Standards.
- Click Programs.
- Click Create Program.
- Enter a program name.
- Click Create.
- Click the name of the program you just created.
- Do one of the following:
- Click Add Standard to manually enter a program-level standard, then add a standard description and click Save.
- Click Import Standards to import a standard from ASN. Select filters for Jurisdiction, Subject, Framework, and Education Level as appropriate. Select a standard from the Available Standards list, then click Import Selected Standards.
- If you want to add a lower-level standard below the one you just added, delete the standard, or edit the standard you just added, click the More Actions button beside the Standard you added.
These learning outcomes appear at the course level in the list of learning outcomes available to import into a course. Instructors can also create child outcomes to the existing ASN or previously created custom outcomes.
Edit Learning Outcomes
Outcomes can be imported into programs at the org unit or imported and aligned to rubrics to assignments, quiz questions, or discussion topics at the course level.
When copying outcomes from one course offering to another, the default behavior is for the outcome to remain linked to the source course. Changes made to the source outcomes are automatically pushed to the linked copies. If you want to edit custom created outcomes in the target course, the outcomes must be detached, either individually, or in bulk. To solve this issue, the copied objects must be unlinked in the target course to be editable. When custom created learning outcomes are unlinked from the source course, they become their own object. Once the link is broken, they no longer inherit changes from the source outcomes. This is useful in a scenario when you want to create an update to a master course shell or to teach a new course based on another course with similar but not identical outcomes.
Note: This feature does not apply to Achievement Standards Network (ASN) or Program-imported outcomes. It is only available for custom-created outcomes.
A warning message appears when you start this action to confirm that you intend to unlink custom created outcomes from the source and that there is no undoing this function.
Use the Import/Export/Copy Components tool to copy one or more learning outcomes from a source to a target course. Then, in the target course, using the Standards tool, select one or more outcomes to detach from the source course.
To assist in knowing which learning outcomes can be edited from a user’s current location, there are icons to indicate if an outcome is locked (cannot be edited) or is a linked copy (cannot be edited unless it is unlinked first).
Note: If you edit outcomes that have been copied to one or more different courses, the changes you make are inherited in all the target courses; however, if you make changes to target courses, the changes are not saved back to the source course. A confirmation message is displayed in the source course to indicate that edits to copied outcomes are inherited in all the copied target courses.
Using Learning Outcomes in Quizzes
Before you can use Learning Outcomes in Quizzes, ensure that you meet the following pre-requisites:
- The new Quiz Builder experience is enabled
- Learning outcomes are enabled in the course where the quiz resides.
- At least one Learning Outcome has been added using the ASN or manually created in the course.
- An Achievement Scale has been created in the organization and set as the default scale.