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How do I integrate Quizzes, Outcomes and Learning Mastery?

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Dear All,

John here – new to Canvas and this community and looking for some help understanding how to integrate use of Quizzes, Outcomes and Learning Mastery in Grades.

Please find below a detailed description of what I have done (Steps 1-8) and *the questions it has raised (in purple italics).*

Apologies for cross posting to both the ´Outcomes´ and ´Quizzes´ group but I wasn´t sure where was the best place to locate this query. (Is there a protocol around placing questions?)

Many thanks for your time on this.

jb

**Quizzes – Outcomes – Learning Mastery in Grades**

To test this functionality, I followed the process below:

- In Outcomes I represented my Programme Learning Outcome (PLO) as an Outcome Group and called this PLO1- ´Use the four basic operations of arithmetic´.
- Within this Outcome Group/PLO, I created 4 sub-outcomes: LO1.1 ´Add numbers´, LO1.2 ´Multiply numbers´, LO1.3 ´Subtract numbers´ and LO1.4 ´Divide numbers´
- For LOs 1.1-1.4, I used the Canvas default settings (see Figure 1).

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Figure 1

*My understanding of the rubric in Figure 1 is that in order for a student to demonstrate ´Meets Expectations´ for this LO, they need to accumulate 3 points from course assessments that are aligned with this LO. Is this understanding correct?*

4. I next created 4 questions banks in Quizzes. I named each bank per my 4 LOs (see Figure 2)

Figure 2

5. I then created 3 questions (1 point each) that assessed each LO and aligned those questions with the relevant LO (see Figure 3). I set mastery at 60% (the Canvas default).

Figure 3

*I am unclear what ´mastery at 60%´ means. *

*Does it refer to 60% of questions in a particular quiz?**If so, does this mean that a quiz can only assess one specific outcome? Is it not possible to design a quiz that contains questions aligned with several outcomes?*

*Does it refer to 60% of the points available for a particular LO (in my example 3 points – 3 questions x 1 point each)?*

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*Scenario A**: So, to demonstrate Mastery of each LO, a student needs to answer 2 of the 3 questions correctly (60% of 3 points = 1.8 points). Is this understanding correct?*

*Scenario B**: Let´s say that I decide that LO 1.2 – ´Multiply numbers´ is the most challenging outcome for my learners to achieve so I decide to give them additional opportunities during my course to demonstrate their achievement of it. To that end, I offer them 2 Quizzes, each with 3 questions (1 point per question). To demonstrate Mastery of this LO, a student now needs to answer 4 of the 6 questions correctly (60% of 6 points = 3.6 points). Is this understanding correct?*

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*What does this mean in terms of the rubric in Figure 1 which states that ´Meets Expectation´ requires 3 points?**Do I need to keep track of how many question points are aligned with each LO and manually update each rubric to reflect this?*

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*In the case of Scenario A and B above, does this mean that the rubrics for LO1.1, 1.3 and 1.4 would need to be ammended as below*

*Figure 4*

*and that the rubric for LO1.2 - ´Multiply numbers´, would now look like this?*

*Figure 5*

6. Next, I created a Graded Quiz. The Quiz had 4 questions – one per LOs 1.1-1.4. Therefore, there are 4 points available for this Quiz (4 questions x 1 point per question).

7. Then I acted as a Test Student and took the quiz, answering all questions correctly.

8. When, as the student, I check my results in Learning Mastery, I see that I have achieved a score of 5/5 for LOs 1.1-1.4 and, therefore, have mastered all of these LOs and by extension PLO1: ´Use the four basic operations of elementary arithmetic.´

*Figure 6*

*For the life of me I don´t understand how this is possible given that each question is only worth one point. Please help!*

My sincerest thanks in advance for any guidance you can offer.

Best Wishes,

jb