The Blackboard Outcomes System enables the planning, measuring and improving of outcomes in both academic and administrative units. It provides a full set of instruments for student and program assessment. Key functions include the ability to:
- Define, share and use student learning outcomes, rubrics and curriculum maps
- Collect and evaluate artifacts of student learning
- Run online course evaluations and attitudinal surveys
- Understand outcomes with analytical reporting
I attended a presentation recently in Orlando of our university accreditation body (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, if that helps!) where one institution discussed their choice of Angel over Moodle because Angel is working very hard on allowing for the use of tagging course assignments with standards, and then allowing the performance data to be aggregated across several levels (student, course, department, etc.)
I see a reference to this sort of thing on the Moodle Roadmap, but haven't seen any postings on it in some time. I think this is one of those features that will become critical in the decision process of selecting or staying with a particular LMS. So far, no LMS has really been able to deliver this function and quite a few separate products are available to do this tracking and reporting. But having it integrated with the LMS would be quite attractive to universities and schools who are trying to document learning and student performance.
Anyone have any insights or news on how Moodle is working toward this goal? (and I am under no illusions about the difficulty of such a goal! I am currently trying to design a database to perform much the same function, just as a test run, and I think it is quite a challenge).