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Outcomes and Accreditation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Mario Guerra

Ryan Myers

The University of Texas at Austin - HigherEd

UT Austin is embarking on a large-scale assessment project to determine student mastery for accreditation in the History Department. We are using this pilot to create a program of assessment to be used across the university. We’ll share pilot data, best practices, and let you know how it really went.

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Community Participant

It seems from this session that there are several schools out there looking into how Canvas can help support assessment of General Education outcomes, especially for accreditation purposes.  We should find a way to get together and share ideas and resources.  I'm not sure how to get that going but if anyone is interested I am

Ron Bramhall

University of Oregon

Community Participant

There is an Accreditation community group on Canvas that might serve as a place to get together:


I'd also be interested in trying to pull together a conversation at InstructureCon this evening or tomorrow if anyone is interested.

Community Participant

I'm in. We are working on that at TCC.

Kristina Young, Interim Honors Program Coordinator



Written Communications/Humanities


6501 South 19th Street

Tacoma, WA 98466

Phone: 253.566.5330


Community Champion

I too am interested in collaborating on  how we can leverage Canvas outcomes for accreditation reporting.

Let's see if we can get some momentum in the user group Accreditation

I am all about the "open" message that has been a theme here at InstructureCon 2016​, and am very happy to share strategies that I have been working on.

Community Contributor

Great presentation. Confirmed every single action that we did up until implementation. Deal breaker was data entry

When the ability for large enrollment management is available we are a go. Until then, would love to see how other schools would deal with the scaling up to large courses. It IS a bit deal for us.

Community Member

I completely agree - but the assessment need to be more granular, whereas we can drill down to the question level...not just assignment.

Anna Catterson

Emporia State University

Community Participant


Agreed.  I understand there is an ability to connect outcomes to quiz questions but I do not have experience with that and can't envision right now how it works.  Anyone doing that level of outcome assessment?

Community Participant

You would create a rubric for the quiz, then tag questions in the rubric. It is not elegant, and requires some tweaking. I'm on a phone, so I can't show you. Part of the tweaking is whether the outcomes are manually created or imported from the institutional folder.

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Community Contributor

You cant really do that cleanly. But certain accreditation require question level data. In our testing what we ended up doing is, creating a no submission assignment and attaching the rubric to it in order to record that data for each and every question that needed to be recorded. Its super messy and I wonder if anyone actually implemented it....