Outcomes are specific descriptions of what a student has demonstrated and understood at the completion of an activity or course. Each outcome is rated by some sort of scale. Other terms for outcomes are 'Competencies' and 'Goals'.
In simple terms, outcomes are similar to sub components of a grade. A grade is an assessment of overall performance that may include tests, participation, attendance and projects. Outcomes assess specific levels of knowledge through a series of statements, that may be coded with numbers or letters. Thus an overall grade can be given for a course, along with statements about specific competencies in the form of outcomes.
Why use it?
UCL programmes and modules have intended learning outcomes that define the skills it is expected students will obtain from their studies.
It is useful to show students how each module and activity leads towards them obtaining these learning outcomes. It is also useful for teaching staff to understand this and therefore help them to identify any gaps.
Who can use it?
Course administrators and tutors can add outcomes and use them in a course and for particular activities. They can then mark students against those outcomes and see an overview of this in the Outcomes report.
There are some outcomes available for you to use already, and you can create and add your own outcomes. If you want to use outcomes across an entire programme or department, please contact Digital Education to request they add outcomes globally for anyone to select. You should provide the outcomes export file (see below).