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.
Reflection Organizing and understanding dozens of grade categories and assignments in classes that include up to 30 students requires that you make some smart choices in the way of collecting data. To really understand my students, a population that I will likely never meet in person, I rely on a range of different tools. Also, I want to have quickly be able to identify students who are flagging behind early in the semester so that I might quickly address an issue. And of course, I need to be able to make adjustments to my approach throughout the semster based off of assessments. Fortunately, there are many different tools within Blackboard and Canvas that enable instructors to track data and monitor student progress pretty easily. This is a huge gain for instructors! These tools prevent the compulsion to create a one-size-fits-all sort of approach to teaching. Online students are individuals and should be supported as individuals with specific needs. To better understand my students and track their progress in an efficient manner, I utilize the artifacts shown below.
Class Climate Survey At the end of each semester, students are invited to do a survey of a given course that they've completed and the feedback goes to the instructor. The survey, shown below, is thorough and serves as a tool to help me make improvements for future courses. The survey also gives the college some insight as to how I am doing, which prompts me to work at improving my craft.
Class Roster Profile/Early Semester Report The class roster profile is sent out to instructors a week or two prior to the start of the semester. This data helps me have a better understanding of who my students are and what their history is. This, in turn, can help me in making instructional decisions before the course starts and throughout. The data below, for example, identifies that I will have four first-time college students in the course, and that the class will be mostly composed of males. I also have access to other categories such as age group, repeating the class, average of enrolled units, and educational goals and prior high school district.
Retention Center These last two tools are intended to assist "at-risk" students who are in danger of "falling through the cracks" unless I do some early intervention. The retention center tool which is embedded into the Blackboard LMS is a quick means of identifying students who are struggling. They might be failing to show activity or access the site, or their grades are really low or they've missed a deadline. Whatever the case, I want to be aware of these students progress so that I might take steps to help them succeed or prevent them from dropping (or being dropped from) the course.
Performance Dashboard The performance dashboard is similar to the retention center tool, but it gives me a closer or more specific look at student performance. If I want to check on attendance, when they last accessed the site, and how involved students are in a written discussion, then I use this tool.
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