Canvas Outcomes: The Tool You Need to Begin Conducting Program and Institutional-Level Assessment with Ease

Begin program and/our institutional-level assessment with Canvas Outcomes today.

What Is “Canvas Outcomes”?

            It is a user-friendly Canvas tool in which faculty can: 1) upload program-level or institutional rubrics into courses, apply them to assignments, and rate students on outcomes while grading in Canvas and 2) view aggregate reports of how students fare on outcomes associated with the rubrics across courses. “Outcomes” rubric scores may or may not be applied to students’ grades.

Why Would I use Canvas Outcomes?

General Education Instructors

            All General Education rubrics are already uploaded into Canvas Outcomes. Use Canvas Outcomes to contribute to university-wide assessment of General Education learning outcomes. Find the instructions on how to apply General Education rubrics in the TLi Knowledge Base article.

All Instructors

            You could compare outcomes in two or more course sections if you wanted to assess the effectiveness of a change in your teaching method.

            You could compare outcomes in two or more course sections if you wanted to assess differences in outcomes among students before, during, and after Covid-19 virtual teaching.

            You can also use Canvas Outcomes to contribute to university-wide assessment of General Education learning outcomes. Find the instructions on how to apply General Education rubrics in the TLi Knowledge Base article.

Program Chairs

            Once program faculty have rated students on Canvas Outcomes rubrics, you could track outcomes across course sections over time if you were curious how students in your program are doing on specific learning outcomes.

You can also use Canvas Outcomes to contribute to university-wide assessment of General Education learning outcomes. Find the instructions on how to apply General Education rubrics in the TLi Knowledge Base article.

Example: I Used Canvas Outcomes to see How Outcomes Differed based on Differences in Teaching Methods Over Time and Teaching Virtually During the Covid-19 Pandemic

I aimed to compare students’ ability to find, critically evaluate, and make use of appropriate and relevant information (GE outcome 3.1) in a research methods course by four teaching modalities and three semesters (face-to-face synchronous taught in Spring 2018, online asynchronous taught in Spring 2019, blended online synchronous and online asynchronous taught in Spring 2019, and blended face-to-face synchronous and online asynchronous taught in Spring 2021). I compared outcomes based on Hispanic ethnicity and pandemic virtual teaching (Spring 2021). Students were graded using a rubric on critical evaluation of information on a Methodological Literature Review assignment: 4 = highly developed, 3 = developing, 2 = emerging, and 1 = initial. Students in the face-to-face synchronous section (taught in Spring 2018) experienced statistically lower synthesis writing proficiency scores than all other modalities. It should be noted that Spring 2018 was the first semester in which I taught this research methods course; my hope is that I improved my teaching after the first semester, and it reflects in the students’ improvement after that. Hispanic students and students during the pandemic virtual teaching fared just as proficient as non-Hispanic and pre-pandemic students over time.

How Can I Get Started?

  1. You can follow the instruction on how to apply General Education rubrics to a course using Canvas outcomes or
  2. if you would like to use other rubrics, please email Kristen Linton, the Academic Assessment Director for assistance in creating a rubric that can be used within or across programs.

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