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rcragun
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Require achieving mastery more than 5 times on an outcome

It seems that the Outcomes system limits the "Achieve mastery n times" option (also the "calculation_int" column if uploading outcomes from csv) to be between 1 and 5, but I think I must be misunderstanding something because that is a silly cap to put on it if this option does what I think it does.

I apply a rubric with the entire set of outcomes to each test question, and students must show evidence of mastery by getting at least the number of points in the "Mastery: ____" (also the "mastery_points" column if uploading outcomes from csv) a certain number of times before I consider them as having mastered that skill. I sometimes want the number of times required to show mastery to be well above 5 (14 is the highest right now).

Am I misunderstanding what "Achieve mastery n times" means? What is the point of this cap at 5? Do we not trust teachers to figure out how many times students should show mastery?

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kholt12
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I agree! This seems like a silly and arbitrary cap to put on such a useful feature. I'm trying to design a pass/fail course that measures mastery instead of averages over time. I also think it'll create more transparent grading if students can see how well they're reaching learning outcomes. Where on earth did 5 come from? 

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Robbie_Grant
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 @rcragun ,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.

 

Robbie

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patrickwalsh
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I totally agree that this is an arbitrary and strange cap for an outcome measurement. I also had a desire to use Canvas to track a mastery (specs) sort of grading scheme, so that students have the confidence of the official record. 

It seems like this would be easy to change!

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