Colleagues we have some exciting developments with the installation of student card readers as shown below for all teaching rooms with a capacity of over 25. This will enable students to register their attendance using their student card including lectures.
The Business School has been at the forefront of influencing university policy and we have been chosen as the pilot for this project, it will have a phased implementation over the coming months.
When it is fully operational we will be able to:
- Display what is timetabled for that room
- Intervene when a student has not been attending
- Access data when rooms are used for extra curricula activities
- Use a portable card reader for activities not in rooms e.g Mitras House Canteen
- There will also be capacity for further marketing messages to be displayed.
Timeline for phased introduction
First teaching week until the end of first semester– please use the photoregisters as we did last year for each seminar you teach. This will enable the system to be fully tested before we use the data, and still have attendance data available and of course to get to know your students.
Photoregisters have been set-up a module level, please check your 2019 module. Seminar groups will be set-up once these have been formed.
It is hoped that the students will be able to use the card reader from the beginning of term to get them use to the system whilst it is being tested.
Please help us to make this be a success
Staff and students have had access to the Learning Dashboard for a number of weeks now.
Learning Analytics data summary so far for BBS shows students’ emoji usage and the frequency of visits for both staff and students to the Learning Dashboard. The report also includes some of the free text comments students have made using the emoji widget, these are from students across all schools in the pilot to help protect their anonymity, however it is useful to read a flavour of the comments being sent. One of the things that is important is to capture attendance through the use of the photo registers.
It’s great to see that students are using the tools we’ve made available to them.
Marion and the team plan on starting the evaluation process towards the end of this semester and we will determine the best method. They have already received some feedback about the photo registers including some feature requests which are being collated and added to the staff feedback process for you to comment on.
Please feel free to get in touch with Marion Curdy M.E.Curdy@brighton.ac.uk or Julie Fowlie firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or queries at any point.
This is a reminder that the full Learning Dashboard is now live for your students More information Here
The release of the dashboard may trigger student queries about discrepancies between the data shown and their own records of attendance. We appreciate your help in reassuring students that this is pilot data which will not be used to assess them in any way. As a reminder, this based on the attendance we are recording so again it is really important that we all use the electronic registers. Average cohort data in particular may be skewed, for example as a result of different register taking practices by different seminar tutors.
Remember that Course Leaders and Personal Academic Tutors can use the Student Lookup via studentcentral to click through and access the dashboard and should start using this in PAT sessions.
Time is running out to provide feedback on the project. We need your support if the project is to continue so please take the time to tell us what you think and encourage your students to do the same via their studentcentral dashboard Learning Analytics Dashboard.
Staff can feedback via this previous post to the blog: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/bbsqlt/2018/03/02/learning-analytics-and-photo-registers-feedback/
From the start of semester 2 there will be a new improved version of the photo registers and they will also be available across all undergratuate modules in the Business School.
Even if you are not new to the tool I recommend watching the video tool below for an over view of the tool.
New features are highlighted and include the ability to edit your registers and some interface enhancements.
Details of the Learning Analytic Project will also be useful to review.
How to use the Photo register
Photoregister for whole modules
Photoregister for Groups on a module
Card swipe use
Admin tools – editing records
We want your thoughts and feedback on the Learning Analytics pilot, so if you are a member of staff who teaches level 4 students then you have been part of the pilot and we would like to hear from you.
Please take a few minutes to complete our feedback form and tell us what you did and didn’t like and where you would like to see this project going.
Finally I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this pilot we value your thoughts and feedback and need them to be able to move this project forward.
For more information on this pilot please see previous posts.
Summary of the initial feedback from the students participating in the Learning Analytics pilot
NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with the details of the Learning Analytics pilot more information can be found on the eLearning team’s blog
As the students have now had access to their Learning Analytics Dashboard for a number of weeks we wanted to start gathering feedback on their experience of using both the ‘How are you Doing?’ widget as well as the Learning Analytics Dashboard. The dashboard displays the following data to the students, and in each case their data is displayed alongside the average of the rest of their cohort:
- Assessment scores in their modules (Grade Centre data)
- The amount of time spent on studentcentral
- Their attendance (using data recorded via the Grade Centre and the classlist widget)
- Their timeline of happiness (this is not compared with any one elses data)
We ran 4 focus groups, one for each of the seminar groups involved and asked them the following questions:
- Did you use the ‘How are you doing widget’?
What did you think of the ‘How are you doing Widget’? Did knowing someone would follow up encourage or prevent you using it?
- Did the Learning Analytics data tell you anything you didn’t know?
Did you make any behavior changes as a result of the data? and what were they?
- Did you have any concerns or expectations about the project? and were they realised?
- What suggestions do you have for development? Changes to the display? Additional data that would be useful etc?
Approx 70 students are involved in the pilot groups, of which 34 participated in the focus groups.
71% of respondents used the ‘how are you doing’ widget
76% felt the data provided information they didn’t already have access to
56% felt the data had a positive affect on their behavior
Most students reported the dashboard provided information that they didn’t already know and a little over half of the students felt the data would influence and change their behavior for the better, ie. if their attendance dropped below average they would attend more, if grades were below average they would attempt to improve their performance. More details of the feedback received from the students can be found here – Learning Analytics Pilot Student Feedback
The next phase of the pilot is to give students access to the student ‘fitness’ analytics app, this is a nation wide pilot managed by JISC.