What's new in WebSLOs

SLO assessment is a continuous improvement activity. We continually try to improve on what we do here.

Our software for managing the process is continually improving, too. To help track the changes, and to make faculty aware of recent upgrades, this page presents a summary of new features in WebSLOs.

Updated February 28, 2014


  JAVASCRIPT IS REQUIRED -- YOU DON'T HAVE IT

Most of the features of WebSLOs 1.0 require that Javascript be enabled in your browser. In the browser you are using right now, Javascript is NOT enabled. Javascript is enabled by default in all common browsers, so it must have been deliberately disabled.

You may want to download and install another browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc) and use it for WebSLOs. Or you may want to use a computer in the Staff Development lab, instead. Sorry for the inconvenience.


1. GOODBYE, 5-YEAR CALENDAR. The 5-year calendar is no longer part of WebSLOs. It's job is over. In the fall of 2009, DVC began a plan to get all courses assessed over a 5-year span. Each year another 20% of our courses were to added to the assessment cycle. 2013/14 was the last year of that plan, and after the first four years, 919 courses have been assessed. Most of the remaining courses what were in the DVC catalog in 2009/10 (about 175) are expected to be assessed this academic year and reported by the end of December, 2014.
2. www.dvc.edu/webslos. Starting in February 2014, there is a new direct URL for WebSLOs -- www.dvc.edu/webslos. This makes it easier to find WebSLOs on the DVC website, even after changes are made to other pages that navigate to WebSLOs. And as before, www.dvc.edu/slos goes to the SLO section of the website, with more general and complete information on SLOs at DVC, including links to WebSLOs. Also, Google now recognizes "webslos", so if you type that into a browser and click "search", the top result is our WebSLOs 2.0 home page!
3. PORTAL AUTHENTICATION. This identification feature, added in June 2013, is no longer available. It may become available again in the future, but until that time, use email authentication when completing online forms.
4. COURSE MENUS. Added in June 2013, this feature replaces the input field in some forms, where faculty identify a course by subject code and sequence number, like ENGL-122. To avoid problems of ambiguity and accuracy associated with typing, these forms now have a 2-tier menu system, where faculty select the subject code from the first menu, and select the course in the second menu -- similar to the way it's done in the Web Curriculum System.
5. PROGRAM MENUS. Added in June 2013, this feature replaces the input field in some forms, where faculty identify a degree or certificate program. To avoid problems of ambiguity and accuracy associated with typing a word description or Datatel code, these forms now have a 2-tier menu system, where faculty select the program type (degree or certificate) from the first menu, and select the program in the second menu.

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