Section 4 – How to Make Decisions Based on Student Data

Why is data important for student success and where is it coming from?

Data is changing education, and there’s no shortage of student data that instructors and institutions can use to improve the learning process. When it comes to fostering student success, what’s most important is how you define student engagement, and how you decide to act on the data you collect.

In a course, data includes everything from grades and attendance records, to behaviors in the classroom, like how many times a student raises their hand or participation in a group discussion.

As online education has become more prevalent, it’s forced a shift in thinking about student engagement and what data is available and how it can be used. There are many data points that can be gleaned from online learning that couldn’t be captured offline in the classroom. When a student uses a learning environment, for example, they leave lots of footprints behind, like log-in data, what pages they’re clicking on, how many times they clicked, how long they’re on a page and when they leave a page.

Here’s how Brightspace can help you use student data to foster student success

 

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