I am in as an admin. For example, 1.0 properities of matter is the outcome. When I type in the 1.0, I get an error message.
Belinda, can you clarify your question? In other words, when you say you are "in as an admin," do you mean that you are creating outcomes at the admin level using the Outcomes tab in the account, according to the instructions in How do I create an outcome for an account?
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Belinda, thanks for the clarification. I just navigated to an account in which I am an admin. I clicked on the Outcomes tab for the account, then on + Outcome, and in the "Name this outcome:" field I typed "1.0 Properties of Matter." I then clicked the Save button, and successfully created an outcome called 1.0 Properties of Matter.
So I cannot recreate what you have just reported, and I suggest that you ask Canvas Support to have a look at it (click on the Help link at the lower left of your screen, then select Report a Problem from the menu). Ideally you should submit the ticket directly from the page on which you're experiencing the problem, so that it captures the metadata for the occurrence.
Thank you! I will do that.
Have you used the outcome to measure mastery anywhere? Once you've used the outcome anywhere, it can no longer be edited This is but one of my gripes about Outcomes and I was glad to hear them get a mention at instcon 2016. Hopefully, we'll see more discussions like Outcomes: Your Experience in the Focus Group: Outcomes and awesome new enhancements like the one's we're starting to see with Gradebook Futures: Kill All the Clicks! and Quizzes.Next: Modern Quizzing in Canvas.
tl;dr: You probably hit one of the known "gotchas" with Outcomes, but I think Canvas is listening and knows these things need to be addressed.
Oh, in re-reading my post from that discussion above, I realized it doesn't even have to be used. Since you said you were adding it at the account or sub-account level, you might be running into the issue that prevents Outcomes from being edited after being imported into a course. So even if you haven't measured any mastery with the Outcome, if you've imported it into any courses you'll have to go remove them from those courses before editing. Here's my comment about this from that discussion: https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/2823#comment-20349
Adam Williams makes a very good point. If the outcome has already been used, or if it has been imported, then it cannot be edited.
There is a reason why you can't edit an outcome after it has been imported into courses, or otherwise referenced in another place.
Consider this scenario.
I create an outcome: "Students will develop skills in extensive independent investigation"
This outcome is then imported into several courses, one of which is yours.
You prefer this language: "Students will develop skills in data collection and forensics", so you edit the outcome.
You have now changed the meaning of the outcome, for everyone.
Courses referencing this outcome are now corrupt, and the meaning of the relationship to master is no longer valid.
Point being: If I'm teaching an English course "independent investigation" has one meaning. If I'm teaching a Computer Science course and want to narrow the meaning of "independent investigation", the language "data collection and forensics" is a type of investigation but no longer has any meaning as it was intended for the English course. The reference to the outcome in the English course is now corrupt.
If the outcome you are referencing does not reflect the meaning you require, you need to create a new outcome reflecting the language that accurately reflects your goals.
You might ask why the outcome isn't just copied when it is imported into a course, so it can be easily edited/modified?
When you create an outcome it is considered unique in the system. Multiple courses may address that same outcome with respect to satisfying requirements for accreditation. If you make copies each time you import the outcome, how do you know it is the same exact outcome in each place? What if instructors make small adjustments to the outcome as it is imported/copied? As soon as the outcome is modified it no longer has the intended meaning. This creates a reporting nightmare.
Data integrity is very important if you are going to use outcomes for accreditation reporting.
In my opinion, changing the language of an outcome should be restricted to the Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance team.
Outcomes that effect the institution over all should be managed at the top account level, and imported into courses.
Outcomes that a faculty member would like to use for their own goals should be created in the sub-account or course, where they will not interfere with institutional reporting.
There are many factors to consider, but there are reasons why outcomes can't be edited.
My knowledge of how outcomes work in Canvas leads me to believe they have thought it through quite well.
Consider implementing a folder structure and naming convention that includes versioning. It sounds as though "1.0" could be heading in that direction, you just need to create a new outcome so the meaning of the original outcome maintains it's integrity. Versioning also provides a trail of improvement, allow you to report on how it was then leading up to how it is now, showing accreditation auditors the effort towards making data driven improvements.
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