Learning Outcomes Assessment through Canvas

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in Canvas

Canvas offers several assessment tools you can use to track and improve student learning in your courses.  Use the links below to find guides, walkthroughs, and videos on how to enable the full functionality of student learning assessment in Canvas, allowing you to monitor student progress across learning outcomes and target pedagogical interventions to improve student learning.


Get Started

It is important to understand how the student learning assessment process works at CCC so that you can use the tools within Canvas to make that process more efficient.  The information below provides the basics of how assessment at CCC can work in Canvas.


Introduction to Student Learning Assessment in Canvas (video)

Learn how the concepts and foundations of student learning assessment used at K-State.


Quick Start Guide to Assessment in Canvas

Learn the three basic steps to enabling the full functionality of student learning assessment in Canvas from K-State.


Key Terms

View definitions for the common assessment terms used in Canvas from K-State.


Set Up Outcomes

Student learning objectives/outcomes/goals are statements of what a student should know or be able to do at the end of a course or program.  Such statements include the knowledge, skills, and dispositions a student is to achieve in order to pass a course or graduate from a program.  In Canvas, these statements are all referred to as Outcomes.  Setting up Outcomes is the first step towards tracking and improving student learning using the assessment tools in Canvas.


To ensure complete data tracking, Outcomes for a Canvas course should be fully set up before students are assessed with any assignments.


Align Outcomes with Assignments using Rubrics and Question Banks

After Outcomes are set up, they must be aligned with a Rubric or Question Bank so they can be assessed with assignments. If you are unfamiliar with the types of assessments offered in Canvas, see the overview to understand what types of assignments are available and the terminology of assignments in Canvas.

What is Alignment? (video)


Canvas Assessment Types Overview (video)


Aligning with a Rubric allows Outcomes to be assessed on manual/offline assignments (such as written papers, projects, or presentations), online discussions, and essay questions contained within quizzes. Additional Program-Level Outcomes can be added to rubrics for easy reporting across the institution.



Question Banks

Aligning Question Banks allows you to assess Outcomes on online selected-response (multiple-choice, true/false, etc.) type assignments. In Canvas, these are referred to as Quizzes. Alignment with Question Banks must be completed before any students complete the quiz--alignment does not work retroactively.




The MagicMarker app (currently iOS only) is the efficient and effective way of recording mastery of learning outcomes in your classroom. MagicMarker helps you create student groups and assess them based on outcomes in your course.



Track and Improve Student Learning


The primary goal of student learning assessment is to improve student learning by exposing whether students have learned. This information is then used to inform pedagogical or curricular changes in response to gaps in student achievement, as well as guide individualized interventions for those students who are struggling with particular skills. In addition, student learning assessment can empower students to take charge of their own learning by identifying particular areas of learning that can be improved. When fully set up and utilized, the assessment tools in Canvas provide the information necessary to effectively monitor and improve student learning.


How can Canvas Help Improve Student Learning? (video)


The Learning Mastery Gradebook

The Learning Mastery Gradebook shows student learning achievement for every student by every Outcome in the course, allowing you to monitor both how the class as a whole and individual students are performing. The Learning Mastery Gradebook can be filtered and exported as a .csv file for easy analysis and reporting.



Alignments, Artifacts, and Results by Outcome

An Overall Outcome Report allows you to see all the assignments that are aligned with that outcome as well as links to every student artifact associated with the outcome. This is useful in determining if students are struggling with an outcome on a particular assignment.



Transfer/Copy Outcomes, Rubrics, and Question Banks between Courses


Whether copying a course for a new semester or sharing information with another instructor, you may want to reuse previously created assessment materials in Canvas.





Tools for administration within Canvas.


Tools Overview (video)


Question Banks (video)


Rubrics (video)


Outcomes Workflow (video)


Find Additional Help


CCC Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

For questions related to student learning assessment in Canvas, how Canvas can be used for program assessment reporting, and assistance in adding/editing program-level rubrics and outcomes.


CCC IT Help Desk

For technical issues and questions.


Official Canvas Guides

Canvas Guides is the official online documentation site for students, instructors, instructional designers, and admins. Find step-by-step walkthroughs for every part of Canvas. The lessons are continually updated online. The downloadable PDF manuals are updated every release. See the specific guides for Outcomes, Rubrics, and Quizzes.


Canvas Video Guide

Video walkthroughs for all aspects of Canvas.


Canvas Community Forums

Suggest and vote for new features, discuss Canvas functionality, ask questions of other users.