Using the D2L Competencies Tool to Provide Student and Course Data J.C. Turner, Riverland Community College [email protected] Sheri Steinke, Normandale Community College [email protected] Cheryl Norman, Minneapolis Community and Technical College [email protected] Deb McManimon, Riverland Community College [email protected] It’s All About Analytics • Data is important for driving decision-making • For academic programs, data is needed for accreditation • D2L has tools that help automate the process, but you have to set things up properly • MnSCU was preparing to pilot D2L Insights (analytics), and this may become a future option What are Competencies? • Grading at a Broader, Yet More Granular Level • D2L Competencies Tool – Enables assessment of outcomes • Tracks information about the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired at course, department, or institutional level – Provides visible structural organization for • • • • Students Faculty Administration Outside Accrediting bodies Considerations for Faculty • Will students need to meet all learning objectives to be competent? • What happens if student doesn’t meet competency? • Will you have other activities that will not be attached to a graded item? Structural Organization • Prior to Competency Set-up • Create hierarchy of structural set up – Institutional Outcomes – Program Outcomes – Learning Objectives – Course Outcomes – Activities D2L Admin Level Set-up • • • • • • • • Enable Competencies & Template permissions Create Course Templates Create top level Competencies Add Organizational Units (templates) to each top level competency Add Competencies and Outcomes to templates Edit Competency Structure with Parents and Children Create future courses using Templates Faculty will then attach activities to Competencies and Outcomes within courses Normandale Community College Model Getting Started • Competencies and Rubrics Tool D2L • Curriculum Mapping Project • Pilot Project Using the D2L Competencies Tool to Provide Student and Course Data Why the D2L Competency Tool? Accreditation • Program Assessment • Embedded Assessment of Core Competencies – Communication – Critical Thinking – Life Skills/Personal Responsibility – Social Responsibility • We will be implementing Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE Rubrics Competency Hierarchy Curriculum Mapping Backward Course (Program) Design MCTC EDUC EDUC2250 • Core Competency: Critical Thinking… • Department Learning Outcome: SLOs • Course Learning Outcomes: quiz, discussion, dropbox Where to start and why??? Started with four programs • Architectural Technology • Education • Business • Music EDUC Competency Hierarchy Competency Use in the Business Department at Riverland Community College Review MCO (sample) Create Master Grid (sample) Faculty View Facilitates Alignment Creates Thresholds of Measurement Student View Instructor View • Edit Course • View User Progress • Snapshot of learner progress through objectives View Results Competency Structure • • • • • Facilitates alignment Course, Program, Institutional Allows students to see course at a glance Provides curriculum mapping Defines measurable outcomes What is Missing? • Data Analysis • D2L competency data can be viewed but not exported • We are data rich and analytics poor • Data-driven decision making is hampered • Data falls off the system every semester • Better accreditation reporting Questions?