You’ve heard the chatter at every conference and convention – “big data is going to revolutionize education”. But as you sit there juggling across SIS, LMS, ERP’s and other acronym-laden systems do you know what data is not only available, but can be presented to students in a way that helps them improve their motivation and success? Here are a few lessons learned from discussions across dozens of campuses.
Start with the answer. Yes, every system on campus from your web site to learning management system generates data of some sort or another. To figure out what data is useful it’s best to start by defining your envisioned solution. For example, improving student study behavior and improving course completion rates are objectives we can target with data and analytics.
We followed this same approach at Junction (http://www.junctioneducation.com) to build intuitive, student-facing, reports which help them answer two questions they have in every college course: (1) how much time should I spend studying each week; and (2) what are the things I should spend more/less time studying. We answer these questions with just two charts. The first chart looks across the course to date and shows
students, to the minute, which lessons they are spending more or less time on versus their top performing peers. The second chart drills into a lesson and compares a student’s time spent by lesson page, again to the minute, against their top-performing peers. Student appreciate the focus these personalized reports provide in building and maintaining productive study behaviors.
Vineet Madan is the Founder and CEO of Junction Education, a company working with higher education institutions to deliver affordable, engaging and effective courseware. See why 82% of students rate Junction as more effective than any other learning platform.