Creating a New SLOAC as a Team Leader
Add Team members
Document Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle
Integrate Outcomes into Course Outline
For each course outline listed in the ECMS, you must have at
least one corresponding SLOAC. You document learning outcomes and commitments
to assess these outcomes at the beginning of the course. At the end of the
course, you or your team members return to the SLOAC system and record your
reflections and enhancement suggestions. The SLOAC is not complete until you
enter and record the reflection and enhancement statements at the end of the
Only team leaders, chosen by fellow course instructors, may
document a new SLOAC. If you are not a team leader, skip to Editing an Existing
SLOAC to document assessment planning and reflection and enhancement stages for
You build SLOACs using a sub-system to the ECMS. To access the
SLOAC sub-system, you must log into the ECMS main site.
The Big Picture
The SLOAC system is a sub-system to the ECMS. By editing the SLOAC
for your course, you are editing information within the course’s
To begin documenting an SLOAC:
- Log on to the ECMS site at
https://ecms.deanza.edu/. You enter on the ECMS’s Main Menu page. If you would like to practice using the SLOAC sub-system, use the SLOAC Training Site at https://ecms.deanza.edu/ecmsTRAIN/.
- Click on the [Edit/Create Course Outlines & SLOAC Management]
- Enter your FHDA email address and ECMS password. The ECMS: Course Outline & SLOAC Management Main Menu page appears including a list of your courses.
- Click on the [SLOAC] link below the desired course.
- Confirm you are initiating a SLOAC for the
desired course. Read the student learning outcomes definition and be sure you are prepared to document these outcomes. By starting the SLOAC process, you become the team leader.
- Click on the [Start] button. The Add Team Members page appears and you are designated as the team leader.
Team members are faculty who teach the course or are discipline
experts. You must add them as team members to allow them to edit the course’s
assessment cycle, including planning assessment tools and documenting
reflection and enhancement statements.
Team members have read-only access to the course outcome
statements and editing access to the rest of the course’s SLOAC. You
automatically become the SLOAC team leader because you are creating the SLOAC
from the beginning.
not add yourself as a team member. The system automatically recognizes you
as the team leader.
To add team members:
on the [Add Team Members and Info] button.
- Click on the [Add Team Member] link. The
system opens a list of faculty members’ names listed in alphabetical
order by first name. If a desired faculty member is not listed, add
their name in the first text box.
- Check the boxes next to each desired team
- Click on the [Save Team Members and Info] button. The faculty members are now
listed as your team members. You can delete
the faculty names by clicking on the [D]
button next to their name and clicking on the [Save Team Members and
- Enter additional notes and information in text boxes.
- Click on the [Finished with Teams, Back to Main SLOAC Info] button. You are returned to the SLOAC Information page.
Document Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) define what a student is able
to do at the successful completion of a specific course. Each active course at
the college must have identified and documented outcomes.
The Big Picture
A Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle starts when the team
leader documents the learning outcomes. Team members plan assessment
tools and document their reflections and enhancements.
Documentation of the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Cycle
has three phases:
- Phase I: Input Outcomes
- Phase II: Plan Assessments
- Phase III: Reflection and Enhancement
Phases II and III are part of the Assessment Cycle Records. As
faculty members complete documenting all course learning outcomes, you will
return to the SLOAC sub-system only to document assessment plans and reflection
and enhancement statements.
Phase I: Input Outcomes
Outcomes state what a student can do at the successful
completion of a course, including knowledge, skills/abilities, and/or
attitudes. Outcomes require a shift in perspective from what is taught to what
is learned. One course may have multiple outcomes.
To begin writing an outcome:
on the [Create New Outcome] button.
the learning outcome in the text box.
on the [Save] button. The system
automatically opens another text box to allow you to enter a second learning
another learning outcome in the new text box, if desired.
on the [Save New Outcome] button. The
system saves your second outcome and clears the second text box to allow you
to add another learning outcome.
on the [Save] button to save all outcomes.
on the [Main *Course* SLOAC Information] link at the top or bottom of the
screen to return to the course’s main SLOAC page and continue with the SLOAC
process. Your learning outcomes are listed under the Outcomes heading.
Click on the 
link if you want to return to edit the outcomes.
into Course Outline
Once you have entered all required information for the outcomes,
you can now add the outcomes into the course outline of record.
You should verify the course’s SLO information before
integrating it into the ECMS: you cannot change it once the information is
To integrate the outcome statements into the course outline of
on the [Integrate Outcomes Into Course Outline]
button on your course’s SLOAC information page.
you have completed entering all SLOs by clicking on the [OK] button in the notification box. The outcome
statements are integrated into the course outline of record pending approval by
the Curriculum Committee.
the [Manage All SLOAC(s)] link to return to a list of all
your SLOAC courses. Or click the [Return to Main Menu] link to view your list of course
outlines or sign out.