Goals

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Schools can demonstrate that their programs and curriculum are effective by aligning course content and activities with Goals in Blackboard Learn. The process is:

  1. The Blackboard administrator at your school turns on the Goals tool and imports or creates goals. Instructors cannot create goals.

  2. Instructors align course content to one or multiple goals. Many types of content items can be aligned with goals including Discussion Board topics and threads, Learning Modules, lesson plans, folders, blogs, journals, tests, individual test questions, assignments, and Grade Center columns can be aligned to goals.
  3. Instructors and administrators run course reports to examine how course content matches up with the school’s goals and how students are performing against goals.

Instructors Align Content to Goals

After administrators have created goals, you can easily align any content item with a goal by clicking an item’s contextual menu and selecting Add Alignments. Next, you can browse or search for goals that are available in the system and choose which ones to align with the content item.

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Viewing Reports on Goals Coverage

After you align content to goals, you can run reports to show how a course’s content covers the goals and where gaps exist.

Instructors can run two different reports about goals in a single course by accessing the Control Panel, expanding Evaluation, and selecting Course Reports.

  • The Course Coverage Report presents data on how a course’s content covers goals and where gaps exist.
  • The Course Performance Report allows you to set acceptable performance target values and ranges for goals. The report shows how students’ work that is aligned to those goals measures up to the target value. To learn more, see Generating Course Reports

Blackboard administrators can run reports on goal coverage across all courses in the system. To learn more, see Creating and Managing Goals.

Goals for Schools With Outcomes Assessment

Schools that license outcomes assessment can use goals on an even broader level by collecting evidence of student performance toward goals. For example, schools can collect evidence from courses to support accreditation activities, assess the success of a program, or to find areas where a program needs to improve. To learn more, see Outcomes Evidence Assessment.

Goals for K12 Schools

For K12 schools in the United States, administrators can import learning goals from the 50 states and Washington, D.C. You can then align course content to these goals and run course reports to show where the course content does not cover the goals so that adjustments to curriculum can be made. Administrators can learn more in Importing Goals Using XML Files.

Aligning course content to goals enables you to produce Course Coverage Reports and Course Performance Reports that present data on how a course covers goals, where there are gaps in goals coverage, and how course performance measures up to target values you set.

How to Align a Content Item to Goals

Goals can be aligned to the entire container or to one or more content items inside. The same steps are used to align goals to course containers, such as Learning Modules, lesson plans, and folders.

  1. Within a course, from a content item's contextual menu, select Add Alignments. The Discover Goals window appears.
  2. Locate specific goals by selecting from the Browse Criteria options in the left side panel:
    • Source: Only one source can appear at a time.
    • Goal Set Type: The name of the goal set.
    • Goal Set Name: The branch of learning or subject of the goal.
    • Grades: The learning level.
    • Goals Type: The classification of the goal, such as Benchmark or Content Goal.

    Alternatively, type keywords in the Search box and click Go.

  3. Goals that fit the criteria appear. Select the check boxes for the goals to align to the content item.
  4. View the selected goals only by expanding the Selected Goals area at the bottom of the Discover Goals window. Selected goals can be removed by clicking the X icon.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. The selected goals appear under the content item, where they can be made visible to students by clicking the Student Visibility icon. Goals can be removed by clicking the X icon.

How to Align Files and Folders to Goals

Files and folders can be aligned to goals. Depending on your institution's license, you may be able to do this in Course Files or in the Content Collection.

  1. In the Control Panel, expand Files or Content Collection. Click a folder to access your files.
  2. Access the folder's contextual menu and select Alignments.
  3. On the Mange Alignments page, click Add Alignments.
  4. In the Discover Goals window, use the Browse Criteria to find the appropriate goals.
  5. Select the boxes for the goals you want to align to the file or folder.
  6. Click Submit.

How to Align Discussion Board Forums or Threads to Goals

In the discussion board, you can add alignments to goals for a forum or a thread. The options for aligning are dependent on the grade option chosen when the forum is created.

Go to the discussion board and access the Create or Edit Forum page. Under Forum Settings, select the grade and alignments options.

  • If No Grading in Forum is selected for the Grade option, you can choose to align either forums or threads.
  • If Grade Forum is selected for the Grade option, the Alignments option is automatically set to Forum alignments and cannot be changed. The alignments options are grayed out.
  • If Grade Threads is selected for the Grade option, the Alignments option is automatically set to Thread alignments and cannot be changed. The alignments options are grayed out.

Your next step is to go to the forum or thread and add alignments to goals.

How to Add Alignments to Discussion Board Forums or Threads

  1. Access the forum or thread.
  2. From the item's contextual menu, select Alignments.
  3. Click Add Alignments to open the Goals Discovery window. If goals from more than one source or learning level have been associated with the course, you need to select which set appears first.
  4. Locate specific goals using the Browse Criteria options in the left side panel. Also, you can type key words in the top text box.
  5. Goals that fit the criteria appear. Select the goals to align to the forum or thread using the associated check boxes.
  6. View the selected goals by expanding the Selected Goals area at the bottom of the Goals Discovery window. Selected goals can be removed by clicking the X icon.
  7. Click Submit. The selected goals appear. They can be made visible to students by clicking the Student Visibility icon. Standards can be removed by clicking the X icon.
  8. Click Alignments in the contextual menu to view the selected standards at any time. Students also view standards that are visible by clicking Alignments.
  9. Click the X to close the Alignments table.

How to Align a Grade Center Column to Goals

You can align an entire Grade Center column to goals.

  1. In the Grade Center, from a column's contextual menu, select View and Add Alignments. Any existing alignments appear in a table.
  2. Click Add Alignments to open the Goals Discovery window. If goals from more than one source or learning level have been associated with the course, you need to select which set appears first.
  3. Locate specific goals using the Browse Criteria options in the left side panel. Also, you can type key words in the top text box.
  4. Goals that fit the criteria appear. Select the goals to align to the column using their associated check boxes.
  5. View the selected goals by expanding the Selected Goals area at the bottom of the Goals Discovery window. Selected goals can be removed by clicking the X icon.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. To view the selected alignments, select View and Add Alignments from the column's contextual menu. The selected goals appear in a table, where they can be made visible in the course to students by clicking the Student Visibility icon. Goals can be removed by clicking the X icon.

How to View a Test Question's Alignment to Goals from the Grade Center

The goals aligned to individual test questions can be viewed from the Grade Center.

  1. In the Grade Center, from the test column's contextual menu, select Attempts Statistics.
  2. On the Test Statistics page, the goal or goals aligned to each test question appear in the Active Goals section following each test question.

How to Run and Save a Goals Report

Goals must be created and aligned to content in your course before running these reports to see how your course and students are performing. You can run two different reports about goals in a single course:

  • The Course Coverage Report presents data on how a course’s content covers goals and where gaps exist.
  • The Course Performance Report allows you to set acceptable performance target values and ranges for goals. The report shows how students’ work that is aligned to those goals measures up to the target value.

To run and save a report:

  1. From the Control Panel, expand Evaluation.
  2. Click Course Reports.
  3. From the Course Coverage Report or Course Performance contextual menu, select Run.
  4. Set the Report Specifications by selecting a Goal Set to include in the report.
  5. Click Submit. A new window displays the report in HTML format.
  6. Click Report Options to print the report from a PDF file or download it in Microsoft® Excel®.
  7. Save reports by downloading to your computer. You can save it to the Content Collection,if available.

Reading Goals Reports

All goals reports default to HTML and open in a new window. Reports contain clickable areas that drill down into the supporting data, and then drill back up. In the Course Coverage Details Report the following areas can be used to access addition data:

Course Coverage Details Report Fields
Report Area Supporting Data Report
Goals Comparison Bars
Not Used A list of goals that are not used
Covered A list of goals that are covered, and aligned content types
Not Covered A list of goals that are not covered
Goals Column Numbers
Not Used A list of goals that are not used
Covered A list of goals that are covered, and aligned content types
Not Covered A list of goals that are not covered
Goal Set Name Column
Name of the Goal Set Goal Set Name Coverage Overview
Learning Level Column
Name of the Learning Level Learning Level Coverage Details
Courses Column
Name of the course Course Coverage Report
The name of a goal Goal Coverage Detail
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