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Canvas - Create Account-Level Canvas Outcomes for Program Assessment
This article highlights the importance of assessment at UWM using Canvas. It discusses the significance of assessment in interpreting evidence of student learning for program and course improvement. The article outlines best practices for designing assessment rubrics, ensuring meaningful score differences, and clarifying the use of assessment data for improvement rather than evaluating teaching performance. The process of creating outcomes, attaching them to rubrics, deploying rubrics in courses, and retrieving assessment data from Canvas is explained. The article also addresses data security and student privacy considerations when handling assessment data.
Before you begin
About using Canvas for assessment at UWM
- Program or course rubrics should be designed to reveal patterns in student performance on learning outcomes. Rubrics with 4-5 performance levels work best for this purpose.
- While grading rubrics might consider factors beyond proficiency, assessment rubrics should narrowly measure student mastery, proficiency, or achievement on specific learning outcomes.
- To ensure that differences in scores are meaningful, raters should reserve the highest possible rating for outstanding students, and to avoid using any performance level as a “default” score. Ensure that all raters are applying the rubric in a similar way (e.g., through a rubric calibration session, or clear language describing differences between performance levels).
- Assessment data should only be used as part of a collegial or individual process of course or program improvement (i.e., assessment data should not be used to evaluate teaching performance).
Request Canvas admin permissions
Step 1: locating the admin area
- Click the Admin icon.
- In the pop-up screen, click the name of the account. There should only be one account listed.
- On the account page, click "Outcomes."
Step 2: creating outcomes
- Click the "+Group" button and create and name the group folder to store all the outcomes in.
- Click the Group folder that was just created.
- In the group folder, click the "+Outcome" button.
- Enter a name for the outcome.
- Give a description for the outcome.
- Define the criteria ratings.
- Edit the names and point values of the criterion ratings.
- Enter a point value for Mastery of the outcome.
- For Calculation Method, select "Most Recent Score" from the drop-down box.
- Click Save.
- Repeat steps 3 through 9 for each outcome.
Step 3: attaching outcomes to rubrics
- On the account page in Canvas, click "Rubrics."
- Click the "+Add Rubric" button.
- Give the rubric the same name as the outcomes folder.
- Click "Find Outcome" to retrieve the outcomes that have been created.
- In the Find Outcomes pop-up window, click the outcomes folder.
- Select an outcome.
- Make sure the "Use this criterion for scoring" box is checked.
- Click the yellow "Import" button.
- Repeat steps 4 through 8 to import each outcome into the rubric.
- Click the yellow "Create Rubric" button.
Step 4: deploying the rubric in courses
Step 5: retrieving the assessment data
- Navigate back to the account page in Canvas.
- Click "Settings."
- At the top of the page, click the "Reports" tab.
- In the name column, find "Outcome Results."
- Click the "Configure..." button.
- Select the term for the report from the Term drop-down box.
- Click the bubble for "Outcomes."
- Click the yellow "Run Report" button.