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How do I create an outcome for an account?

If you cannot find an outcome to use in your account, you can create a new outcome for the account. Outcomes can be created from the account, sub-account, or course level.

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, 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.

Click the Save button [3].

View Outcome

View the created outcome.