Introducing New Visualizations in Advanced Analytics for Better Learning Outcomes

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Today, across all industries, large-scale, unprecedented technological disruption is the new normal. To highlight just a few examples, car sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are forever changing the traditional taxi and livery industry, while Netflix has upended the traditional TV distribution model while increasing our appetite for on-demand content.

Education is not immune to technology disruption. Technology advancements are opening new opportunities for educators to use data and artificial intelligence to redefine the learning journey for a changing student demographic. Through better data and better, actionable insights we can help to improve learner outcomes, boost engagement, and resolve challenges surrounding persistence and retention. Academic institutions are also ready to embrace these technology advancements and see a pressing need. According to research, 68% of campus CIOs and senior IT officers view IT to support student success as a top institutional priority. However, the same audience feels there is room to grow. Only 40% report that their IT investments to support student success efforts are very effective.

Learners today expect to see sophisticated technology in the classroom. Used to using mobile phones and other personal technologies in their everyday lives, they now demand a more diverse, contemporary, and personalized learning experience. They are equally frustrated when they encounter traditional ways of learning. Employers are also expressing concern. The new grads hired into their organization lack the skills and knowledge required for the new world of work.

To attract and retain students, and address the new demands of their future employers, post-secondary institutions need to move faster to train educators in the use of new technologies and to leverage technology in new ways to improve learner success and outcomes and provide the kind of experiential learning and credentials that ensure students are career ready and regard their educational investment as worth their time and money.

It is well-recognized that there is an opportunity to use data to drive learner success and outcomes. But making sense out of the volumes and numerous sources of information and data available can be an overwhelming task for post-secondary institutions. What is needed is the ability to quickly find meaning in that data, and automate the delivery of the right information to the right person at the right time, from the learner, through to the educator and on to all levels of administration.

Brightspace’s core platform already offers several tools to help postsecondary institutions make smarter use of their LMS data. These include:

  • Rules-based tools to automate the delivery of content and feedback help you create a personalized learning experience and tailor course delivery to each student.
  • Built-in reports to help faculty make sense of learner data to see how students are performing within a course.
  • Access to your learner data provides the ability for deep research and analysis.

Now, we’re introducing the next level of learning intelligence and insight with new visualizations in Performance Plus. Used together with the data capabilities in Brightspace Core, this takes learning analytics to a new level.

This gives administrators, educators, and learners the power to use data to create knowledge, act, and improve outcomes. It helps boost student performance at every stage: an adaptive engine helps create personalized learning paths for every learner, and predictive analytics helps instructors identify at-risk students. Rich data visualizations show what is working and what isn’t – to make improvements anywhere from the student-level to the program-level.

No more waiting on IT or business analysts to create custom reports. No need to navigate complex business intelligence tools, or to wade through massive spreadsheets of data. Just the most current and up to date data, easily accessed and managed.

Let’s look at what’s now available to your institution and how this information can be used to create the very best learning experience and outcomes.

adoption screenshot

Brightspace’s new Adoption Dashboard is for the administrator, who wants to enable educators to reach every learner while supporting organizational goals.

The Adoption Dashboard helps administrators fuel ROI discussions with data that clearly shows how Brightspace is being used by learners, faculty, and staff. What is being accessed? By whom? How often? And when? It also allows administrators to analyze and act on login trends, course access, tool usage, and enrollment data.

Key questions answered for administrators:

  1. What do my login patterns look like across the organization?
  2. Which tools do my faculty and students use the most?
  3. How does course access vary across programs and courses?
  4. How many students withdrew? How does this compare to previous cohorts?
  5. What are my enrollment and withdrawal trends?
  6. Which departments use the Brightspace discussion tool most?
  7. How do my enrollment and withdrawal patterns compare to baseline data?
  8. Are users actively accessing their courses?

engagement screenshot

Brightspace’s new Engagement Dashboard is tailored for educational advisors, who want to empower learners to achieve their full potential while embracing a modern learning experience. This means allowing learners to learn on their own terms, at their own pace and on the go, while providing that essential, personalized feedback and content to keep them progressing.

The Engagement Dashboard allows advisors to easily assess their student population in real-time, identify students at risk, and tailor interventions and material to provide a highly personalized learning experience for everyone.

Key questions answered for instructors/advisors:

  1. How frequently is the student visiting their courses?
  2. How does student engagement affect grades?
  3. How does the student’s assignment completion compare to their peers?
  4. Did the student submit their assignment on time?
  5. How much time does the student spend in content?
  6. Which content topics does the student visit?

assessment screenshots

Educators and Instructional Designers can quickly evaluate the effectiveness of their quizzes and quiz questions with the Assessment Quality Dashboard. This dashboard allows you to review reliability of quizzes across and within courses, and drill down into a Question Analysis view that estimates difficulty and discrimination for quiz questions.

Key questions answered for instructors:

  1. How do I know what quiz questions can be improved?
  2. Which quiz questions are students answering incorrectly most frequently?
  3. Is there any correlation between each question’s score and the total quiz score?
  4. How does my quiz discriminate between strong and weak students?

Ultimately, better learning data and the ability to easily access and gain insight from that data is about effective learning. Learners today, all want to engage in and are vocally advocating for a modernized learning journey that is right for them. By providing administrators and educators with the most advanced access to data available on the market today we’re giving learners what they need.

Excited to learn more? Have a look at Brightspace Performance Plus and our new advanced analytics capabilities today.

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