I’m spending today at a NERCOMP SIG hearing & thinking about learning analytics – how to gain additional insight into how to improve teaching & learning with technology using this toolkit.
Takeaways, nuggets, & follow up:
* learning analytics (student based, formative) vs academic analytics (institution based, summarive/longer term)
* Eastern CT State, background, participated in Project Compass (2007), Situational Student Success Model (based on Ken Blanchard); can we find some data that we already have that we are not using to help us get insight. Sources of data: judicial proceedings, community service activities, student clubs, library orientation data. Add dimension to student potential based on demographics, to account for student commitment & social readiness. Access to Success project as basis.
Brandon White, Berkeley – Point of Origination Tool. Problem = In context of large courses pedagogical monitoring is difficult. Like an early warning system for instructors. gateway courses become gatekeeper courses. Can lead to lower achievement & less higher order thinking. Very hard to give students high quality & frequent feedback. (sounds akin to “agile pedagogy” to me…)