Having access to student data enables SNHU to design a curriculum that meets students’ needs, with a personal approach. Examining outcomes data, curriculum designers can ensure that students are meeting the outcomes that are required for the program, in the course, right down to the student level of interaction. For example, if a program reveals students are struggling with assignments, action can be taken to make sure that students are provided with the highest possibility for success. Questions and concerns can be addressed with regards to the course material, the manner with which it is being taught, or how students are engaging with content, assignments, lessons, and more.
“Students aren’t simply their data,” says Priscilla. “Data reveals a narrative about how the learning experience is progressing.” By monitoring student behavior right down to the rubric elements, Priscilla and her team can see how final projects map back up to the original intention, which can inform ways to improve the structure of a course, or provide more resources to instructors.
Scrutiny is given to the manner with which instructors are interacting with students, engaging in online discussions, how many posts an instructor has commented upon, etc. This information is mapped against educational KPIs, which in turn alerts faculty. With this data, Priscilla can reach out with resources to enable instructors to achieve their best results, such as time management resources, instructional advice, and pedagogical training material.