Every teacher knows that students enter classrooms at the beginning of each year with different levels of competency and needs. While educators may have different methods of dealing with such differences, one powerful tool they can use to gain actionable insight is through learning analytics.
Student information systems (SIS), learning management systems (LMS), assessments, teacher professional development, certification, discipline, IEP and other systems can be linked to provide data about:
* an individual student’s lack of proficiency in a specific area
* the way a student interacts with a learning module
* how quickly (or slowly) a student is progressing
* ways to maximize student and class improvement, and more…
One powerful application of this data is to quickly identify students who are not keeping up with the rest of their peers. Traditionally, poorly-performing students may have “hidden” behind poor work ethic or absence – when in reality, they simply lacked the foundation to succeed.
Learning analytics can highlight where and how such students are lacking knowledge or skill. Teachers can then offer these individuals tutoring, added assistance with specific assignments, computer apps, or additional tools to help students “level up.”
Learning analytics aren’t exclusively useful for students who are falling behind in the classroom.
Using learning analytics, teachers can identify how high-performing students may be challenged and developed by special assignments or additional material. Or, they can identify how specific modules – such as those in the EdTech space – have improved the academic success of students who have gone from average-to-high performance.
Lastly, learning analytics can provide valuable insight into an entire classroom’s progress or performance. Using such data, teachers can identify how their students are interacting with specific lessons or learning modules, and then make adjustments to supplement, accelerate, or decelerate the course.
Learning analytics present an exciting new depth of insight for educators. Using data gleaned from SIS, LMS, or additional systems, educators can innovate, adapt, or make adjustments to help their students succeed and excel.
John Stuppy, EDUMETRIX president, helps ed-tech products & services companies grow fast, dominate their market & prepare to sell. John is a successful global ed-tech leader. He guides, mentors & drives companies to hit aggressive business and education goals using his hands-on management experience & technology savvy in rare combination with stellar academic credentials, strategic vision and sales expertise.