The instructor knows and understands methods for collecting data regarding student learning, and uses this data to modify teaching and course content.
- The instructor uses course tools and tracking data to monitor student participation and performance;
- The instructor uses feedback from quizzes and assignments to modify content delivery and/or activities.
Collecting data on student participation and learning helps ensure that we are reaching students. I am constantly aware of student participation because my courses involve two deadlines each week. When a student misses a deadline, I check to see when the student has last logged in and what course pages the student has visited. I’ve also found it helpful to visit the course analytics when a student has a question about the course. I’ve been able to tell a student that she didn’t view the Course Tour or the Getting Started page that provided the answers to her questions. I also use the assessments as a source to help me revise the course content and activities.
The following artifacts show the ways in which I collect student data.
Desire2Learn Class Progress and Participation
In addition to checking the Class Progress area of D2L when my students miss a deadline, I also check the area throughout the week to get a sense of how early and how often students are visiting the course content pages. I also check the area when a student has a question about the course. If I see that the student did not visit a content page, then I let the student know. If the student did visit the content page, then I know that I need to revise the content for clarification.
NoRedInk Student Progress and Mastery
I use the NoRedInk.com website for grammar practice and assessments. In addition to displaying the scores, the site also shows how many attempts the student made. I can then make an inference as to how much the student studied the material before attempting the practice activities. I also like to see if any questions caused the majority of the students some difficulty, so that I can go over the concept in more depth.
In addition to using the LMS gradebooks to enter grades, I also use the gradebooks to glance at the overall scores and participation. When I see that students have not participated or have received a low score, I then look at the analytics to learn how often the student has been checking in with the course. Also, if I see a pattern of low scores, I then realize that I need to revise the content and activities.