Outcomes allow you to grade learners work against specific learning goals, rather than just numeric grades or overall completion of activities. The default outcome grading scale measures whether a learner is, 'Not yet competent' or 'Competent' regarding an outcome. As outcomes are a measure of a learners skills they are similar to competencies.
Before you can create outcomes at either a course or site level they must first be enabled on the site. This must be done by a Site Administrator by ticking Enable outcomes under Advanced features. You can then either create Custom outcomes (course-level) or Standard outcomes which are available across the site.
As a Site Administrator you can create an outcome at a site level, this will be available to all users.
|Full name||The name of the outcome.||-|
|Short name||A shortname, this is not displayed.||-|
|Standard outcome||A standard outcome is one that is available across the site.||This is selected by default when creating at a site-level and cannot be changed.|
|Scale||Select a grade scale to use with the outcome. Clicking the Add new scale link will take you to a new screen to create a grade scale.||-|
|Description||Optionally you can add a description of the outcome.||-|
You can add or remove standard outcomes from a course, that is those that have been created by a Site Adminsitrator at a site-level. If a standard outcome is available on a course then it will be possible to assign it to activities in the Outcome section of the settings.
Custom outcomes, those created within the course, cannot be removed from that course. You can delete them using the cross icon () provided they are not being used by any activities.
You can edit any outcomes you have created by following these steps:
You can also delete an outcome you have created in the same location by clicking the cross icon ().
In the gradebook you can edit the settings for an individual outcome grade item following these steps:
|Item name||The name of the custom grade calculate outcome item.||-|
|Item info||This setting provides space for entering information about the item. The information is not displayed anywhere else.||-|
Setting an ID number provides a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes.
|Outcome||Use the dropdown menu to select another outcome to associate with this grade outcome item.||-|
|Linked activity||Use the dropdown menu to select an activity from the course to link to this outcome. You can also use the Assign another outcome to this course link to make other outcomes available.||-|
|Hidden||Determines whether grades are hidden from learners.||-|
|Hidden until||If the item has been set to hidden then a hidden until date may be set if desired, to release grades after grading is completed.||-|
|Locked||Determines whether grades are locked. Locked grades can no longer be automatically updated by the related activity.||-|
|Lock after||If you wish to lock the item at a later date then you can set when you wish the grades to be locked.||-|
|Grade category||The name of the parent category this item sits in. This cannot be edited here as it is tied to where the grade item activity sits.||-|
Once you have set-up at least one outcome then you may start to use these for grading within activities on your course.
To do this you will need to go into each individual activity and enable outcomes in the activity settings.
Once you have enabled outcomes for a particular activity (see above) you can then grade work with them. How this is done depends on the particular activity you are grading.
It is possible to export outcomes which can then be imported into another course or Totara Learn site.
A download will of a CSV file will happen automatically.
If you have a CSV file of exported outcomes then you may import them into a course and make them available to either just that course or across the site.
|Import as custom outcomes (only this course)||If selected the imported outcomes will only be available on this course.||-|
|Import as standard outcomes||If selected the imported outcomes will be available across the site.||-|
|Import outcomes||This is where you should upload your outcomes file by either browsing for it or dragging and dropping it into the upload area.||-|
The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using Grading, completion and certificates in Totara Learn. Here you can learn more on how to use these tools, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.