Create an achievement scale

At the org level, administrators can define achievement scales used to measure a learner’s performance. Levels may have labels such as Beginning, Meeting Expectations, Exceeding Expectations, and Proficient. You likely already have an internal policy for these terms. In the examples here, there will be two levels: Not yet and Got it. Achievement scales can be available in all org units and a default scale for the entire org.

Note: The language term used to describe learning outcomes depends on the value set for the d2l.Languages.Terminology.LearningOutcomes configuration variable. For example, the Learning Outcomes tool or the Outcomes tab in an assignment can be labeled as Competencies, Expectations, Objectives, Outcomes, or Standards. By default, the Learning Outcomes tool displays as the Standards tool in the Admin Tools menu.

  1. Using a role that has the Manage Content permission at the org level, click Admin Tools.

    The Admin tools icon, highlighted on a screencap of the area of the interface where the icon appears.
  2. Under Organization Related, click Standards. Note: The link name depends on the language term you have defined in d2l.Languages.Terminology.LearningOutcomes.

    The Admin Tools menu, with the Organization Related and Standards options highlighted.
  3. On the Standards page, click Create Scale.

    The Create Scale button highlighted on the Standards page.
  4. On the New Scale page, enter a scale name and number of levels.
  5. Enter a color indicator and name for each level of achievement.
  6. If you also want suggestions for standards assessment based on % of points achieved on points-based rubrics, custom point-based rubrics, and quiz questions, enter percentage thresholds for each level.

    The New Scale page
  7. Click Save and Close.
  8. On the Standards page, click the context menu of the scale you just created and click Set as Default.

    The Set as Default option on the context menu for a scale.

    Note: The scale you set as default is applied to every org unit in your organization.
  9. Confirm that you want to set the scale as the default and click Set as Default.

Note: Achievement scale suggestions in quiz questions require the use of a percentage-based scale. If a non-percentage-based scale is your default, then the achievement scale levels must be manually set by the instructor for each student’s quiz attempt.

The percentage ranges for the levels and the option to map levels to percentage scores cannot be changed after the scale is saved. If these values must be changed, create a new scale and set the new scale to be the default.

Next Steps: After your scale is ready to be used, add some standards to your course.