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Desire2Learn 9.0

Using the Competency Wizard

The Competencies tool in Desire2Learn is one way to evaluate student learning. This document covers using the Competency Wizard to set up competencies. For definitions of the terms used in the Competencies tool, see Competencies Terminology.

To use the Competencies tool, you must first add it to the navigation bar. Refer to Customizing the Navigation Bars for instructions.

  1. Access the Course Home page

  2. On the Navigation bar, click COMPETENCIES Competencies button
    The Competencies pane opens.

  3. Click COMPETENCY WIZARDCompetency Wizard button
    The Competency Wizard: New Competency pane appears.

  4. In the Name text box, type the desired name

  5. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a description

  6. Click NEXT
    The Competency Wizard: New Learning Objectives pane appears.

  7. In the Name text box, type the desired name

  8. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a description

  9. In the Enforce evaluation method section, make the desired choice
    HINT: For more information on an option, click HELP Help button

  10. Click NEXT
    The Competency Wizard: New Activities pane appears.

  11. In the Name text box, type the desired name

  12. In the Evaluation Method pull-down menu, select the desired option
    NOTE: For more information about the options, see Competencies Terminology.

  13. Click SELECT RUBRIC and pick a rubric for the activity
    OR
    Click CREATE RUBRIC IN NEW WINDOW
    The New Rubric pane appears in a new window.

  14. In the Name text box, type the desired name

  15. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a description

  16. From the Type pull-down menu, select Analytic or Holistic
    HINT: In an Analytic rubric, multiple criteria are scored and the scores added together. In a Holistic rubric, multiple criteria may be considered, but only the rubric as a whole is scored.
    New Rubric pane: Type pull-down menu

  17. In the Initial # of Levels text box, type a number
    NOTE: For information about levels, see Competencies Terminology.

  18. In the Initial # of Criteria text box, type a number
    NOTE: For information about criteria, see Competencies Terminology.

  19. From the Scoring Method pull-down menu, select Points, Text Only, or Custom Points
    HINT: In a Text Only scoring method, criteria are evaluated only through text (e.g., Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor). In a Points scoring method, students are given a numerical score on criteria. In a Custom Points scoring method, criteria do not have to be weighted equally.

  20. Click SAVE
    The Edit Rubric pane appears.

  21. In the Status pull-down menu, select Published

    Draft
    Default status for a new rubric. A rubric that is classified as a draft cannot be associated with an activity.

    Published
    A published rubric can be associated with an activity. After it has an association, its name, description, levels and criteria cannot be edited.

    Archived
    An archived rubric cannot be associated with an activity; any existing associations continue to function.

  22. Make any other desired changes to the rubric

  23. Click SAVE
    The changes are saved.

  24. Close the Edit Rubric window
    The Competency Wizard: New Activities pane appears.

  25. Click SELECT RUBRIC
    The Select Rubric dialog box appears.Select Rubric dialog box

  26. Select the desired rubric

  27. Click SAVE
    The Competency Wizard: New Activities pane appears.

  28. Click NEXT
    The Competency Wizard: Competency Structure pane appears.Competency Wizard: Competency Structure pane

  29. Click CREATE

  30. Click DONE
    The Competencies pane appears.

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