Subject specifications allow schools to configure the learning outcomes, and create subject assessment criteria for the grade report. They provide the function to track students progress and standards during an assessment period. Have a look at the video explaining how to set up learning outcomes at subject level. Build your schools assessment model to suit your schools needs.
How to access
Go to the Grade report menu header, and find Learning Outcomes/Subject specifications, click to open the creation screen. This function can also be found in Administer, under the Advanced Options, and find Subject specifications in the list. Access is restricted to Administrator or Subject administrators. The role will allow users to configure assignments, define Learning Outcomes, and administer subjects. If users cannot access these functions then contact our support team for more information.
Creating learning outcomes
1. Select the subject
Learning outcomes are defined at subject level. For more information on different levels, have a look at this article. Enter the first few letters and a pop up will appear of available subjects. If you open the folder icon, there is a window that allows you to select a class level, and then choose the subject from the list.
Determine the year to which the learning outcome is to be attached. For further understanding of Year management, read this article .
The copy function makes it easy to transfer shared learning outcomes across subjects and years. A useful feature for rollover. Select the parameters and define what is to be copied, and what is to be erased.
Setting the objectives
To add learning outcomes, click on the folder icon to create a subject area, , a pop up screen appears. This is classed as a subject focus area for students.
The list icon is for creating individual learning outcomes and attaching them to the subject area. A learning outcome must be attached to a subject area.
The subject area can be seen as a folder in a directory, whereas the learning outcomes are files within that folder. Assessments are controlled at learning outcome level, not subject area.
You can drag and drop both subject areas and individual outcomes by moving your cursor to the left of the check box, left click and then drag and drop to the required level.
Once you have created your learning outcomes, then select them all with the select boxes to the left, and apply a scale and an assessment period by clicking on the mass select icon .
Creating a subject area
The following screen allows users to store information, in relation to the learning outcomes attached to the subject area.
1. Title and code
The title will appear in full on assignment pages, and help boxes on the Contribute screen. Examples are Listening & Speaking, Reading, Writing, The number system, Numerical calculations etc. The short code will appear in the contribute grid and other pages as an abbreviation.
2. Capture teacher comment & Outcome status
Allows a comment box to be attached to the subject area if required for assessment. The outcome status can be active, or switched off if not relevant to the current assessment (Grade report period).
3. Information about the subject area
You can input a context giving instructions or guidelines to the Teacher. The learner instructions is visible to the guardians and students in their graded exercise view. You can add resources to the subject area which will appear in the create assignment screen.
If you are building a coherent curriculum, then use the information holders to apply guidelines to your teaching staff across the subject area, and to ensure each course receives the same instructions and material. To understand how the levels work, then read this article.
Content & Topics (Currently in beta testing - Not available on v1.8)
To help Teachers create coursework, and lesson content which are standardised across classes. subject administrators can list core text books, or material. Set assessment types and content, and also create forums and questions for Teacher guidance.
1. Student view
The eye icon allows teachers to see what the students/guardians can see on their portal in relation to the subject matter.
Click on the icon to open a slide over window giving an overview of the years topics attached to the learning standards.
2. Topic Folder icon
In order to group content together, then create a you can create a 'folder' which stores the learning outcomes.
3. Add content
With a coherent curriculum or an alignment of learning standards, then there is the possibility to attach content to the subjects and to assist teachers when creating course content.
4. Add Forum
If you wish to create a student self reflection, or open a discussion forum around a subject then, this will allow Teachers to track discussions.
5. Add assignment
In certain subjects or learning Authorities then specific assignments can be attached to a subject. Subject administrators may ask for teachers to set a specific course work title or problem. This can then be tracked next to a learning outcome.
6. Ask a question
If a specific question is required within the confines of a subject content.
The third tab on the subject specifications is used to set the assessment criteria for the subject. Schools and Authorities can decide on set scales, Weightings, and addition values, then connect them to the Grade Report Assessment.
This will appear as a title on the grade report assessment screen, it will join the assessments sections together.
The comments to the teacher are visible on the individual assessment pages for the students. it allows Subject Administrators to provide guidelines, it can contain explanations about abbreviations or suggested language to be used. The student comment will be available to the student and the guardians.
Under the Add section, you can create the assessment model that fits your subject requirements. The section places a title on the assessment column.
The teacher assessment types allows subject admins to decide whether to apply a simple grade, include the assignment average, or apply Learning outcomes. It can link into the assignment creation and copy assessment grades made in the Assignment grid.
If you wish to apply a numerical scale, then enter the highest value in the scale box.
Each section can be attributed a weight, for example the mid term may carry less weight than the end of term exams. If you need this to be applied to assignments and their assessments then this is controlled in the Weight Distribution screen.
7. Add val. (Add values)
If you need to add assessment reasons which do not carry any grade or assessment weight, such as Exempt, or Absent, then they can be added here.
Don't forget to list the assessment codes, and the abbreviations to the teachers comments. Explain and give examples of usage.
Is this assessment section mandatory in order to change the status to completed when contributing to the assessment.
The section needs to be mapped to field on the assessment grid. Once a field is used, then it cannot be reused for the subjects assessment grid. You can rearrange the order on the assessment report.
Assessments can be complex and require multiple settings to be fixed, we are always happy to discuss your schools requirements, to try to accommodate your needs. With the introduction of Subject specifications, we have enabled MySchool users to adapt and create their own assessment methods, and apply these to Learning Outcomes which can be monitored during the scholastic year.
- Check the term management to make sure which terms are set as reporting periods.
- Check that scales have been created in the assignment configuration screen, these can be attached to the Learning Outcomes in bulk. They can be changed on an individual assignment level.
- Have these scales been applied to the subject?
- Are all learning outcomes needed for every term?
- Are the short codes understandable? Do the comments explain what is required from the contributors.