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How do I create an outcome for an account?

Outcomes can be created from the account, sub-account, or course-level. You can create nested outcomes, or import State or Common Core Standards into your account, sub-account, or course.

Note: Outcomes can be included in assignment rubrics as an easy way to assess mastery of outcomes aligned to specific assignments. When you define a learning outcome, you should also define a criterion that can be used when building assignment rubrics. Define as many rubric columns as you need, and specify a point threshold that will be used to define mastery of this outcome.

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Open Account

Open Account

In Global Navigation, click the Admin link [1], then click the name of the account [2].

Open Outcomes

Open Outcomes

In Account Navigation, click the Outcomes link.

Add Outcome

Click the New Outcome button.

Create Outcome

Create Outcome

Enter a name for the outcome in the Name this outcome field [1].

When instructors allow students to view Learning Mastery scores on the Grades page, students will see the name of the outcome. However, you may want to create a custom, more friendly name. To create a friendly name for student view, enter a name in the Friendly name (optional) field [2].  

You can also enter a description in the Rich Content Editor field [3].

Add Criterion Ratings

Add Criterion Ratings

Click the Edit icon [1] to edit the criterion rating. You can change the existing name (if desired) for the criterion in the criterion name field [2]. Set the criterion point value by typing in the points field [3].

To save the criterion, click the OK button [4]. To remove the criterion completely, click the Delete button [5].

To add additional criterion ratings, click the Insert link [6].

Set Mastery and Calculation Method

Set Mastery and Calculation Method

Set the mastery point value in the Mastery at field [1]. This field indicates the number of points that must be achieved for mastery according to the criterion ratings.

In the Calculation Method drop-down menu [2], select the calculation method for the outcome. By default, new outcomes are set to the Decaying Average calculation method in the Canvas interface. Learn more about the various Outcome calculation methods.

Click the Save button [3].

View Outcome

View created Outcome.