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Learning analytics for FE colleges

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Further education colleges use a variety of approaches to track and monitor student engagement and performance.

By integrating these approaches with the national learning records warehouse, we can move from descriptive to predictive analytics, making a significant impact on retention, achievement and successful outcomes for learners through timely, targeted interventions and support.

See how data from Grade Tracker, developed at Bedford College, is being integrated into the Jisc learning analytics architecture.

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Learning analytics for FE colleges

  1. 1. Learning Analytics for FE Colleges
  2. 2. > >SlideSlide Jisc Learning analytics –The FE story >Roy Currie, Bedford College >Aftab Hussain, Bolton College >Andy Cowan, Dumfries and Galloway College >ConradTaylor, City ofWolverhampton College 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges2
  3. 3. > >Slide Introduction Shri Footring, Senior co-design manager, Jisc RobWyn Jones, Senior data and analytics integrator - Jisc 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges3
  4. 4. > >Slide Workshop structure >Welcome and introduction >Student data / activity – RobWyn Jones >The Bedford College story – Roy Currie >Integration of GradeTracker with the Jisc Learning RecordsWarehouse >Development of a Unified Data Definition for both FE and HE students >Questions and panel discussion - with Aftab Hussain, Andy Cowan, ConradTaylor and Roy Currie 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges4
  5. 5. > >Slide Background The needs of FE colleges are different from those of universities > Complexity and diversity of both the types of learners, the programmes of learning and of awarding bodies > Strategic importance of English, maths and work experience > Specific data, such as GCSE point score (prior learning) is of key importance > A number of sophisticated systems which capture details of students are performing are already available and in use A group of colleges and consultants are working on tailoring the Jisc Learning analytics solutions to the needs of FE Colleges 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges5
  6. 6. > >Slide Student Data / Activity - What are your experiences? 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges6
  7. 7. > >Slide Jisc Learning analytics open architecture 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges7
  8. 8. > >Slide Overview – Learning analytics (LA) for FE (Pilot journey) >Collect live academic progression data, then historical > UDD – Unified Data Definition (HE and FE hybrid data spec) > xAPI – used to describe and store activity data (standard) >ETL tools for student systems, DataValidationTool (web) >Provide Dashboard (DataX) for Live Descriptive Analytics >Pseudo-LAP for entry-level analytics (progression triggers) >Study Goal (iOS/ Android) Pilot >Premium (vendor) LAP for Predictive Analytics (historical data) >Priority for 16-17: UDD bend to fit FE - piloting 4 to 6 FEIs 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges8
  9. 9. > >Slide Activity - Additional data sources for LA / BI purposes >What additional (student or demographic-centric) data or datasets could you use in your institution for predictive analytics, beyond the standard data provided for ILR? Recruitment? Surveys? >IsVLE data a key and consistent engagement indicator at your institution? If not, in addition to attendance, what other engagement or activity source would you have or like access to? >What issues do you have / do you foresee with data collection at your institution? Are these business process and/ or technical? >CanJisc help with automatingcollection orextraction ofcertain student data / feedback,which areofbenefit forBIorlearning analytics? 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges9
  10. 10. > >Slide Integration of Bedford College GradeTracker Jisc Learning RecordsWarehouse Roy Currie, Director of information and learning technologies, Bedford College 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges10
  11. 11. > >Slide Transforming Moodle >Adopted Moodle in 2009 >Open source solution so customisable >Account and enrolment data driven from MIS system >Development expertise in LearningTechnologiesTeam >We wanted to capitalise on available data and avoid rework >We wanted to fill in the missing areas of Moodle and provide a single integrated tool for the management of all aspects of teaching in learning 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges11
  12. 12. > >Slide The Plug-in Modules >Four enterprise-level Moodle extension modules developed >GradeTracker >ePLP >Reporting Dashboard >Guardian/Employer Portal >Funded by Jisc and UfiTrust for development of community- release modules 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges12
  13. 13. > >Slide ePLP: Key Features >Includes punctuality and attendance, register information, timetables, tutorial records, SMART targets, comments, qualifications on entry etc. >Highly-modular system aggregates all of the key information relating to each learner in one place >Ensures that the learner and all members of the teaching team share a common view >Very easy to customise and extend – new modules added to support work experience tracking, enrichment and health needs 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges13
  14. 14. > >Slide ePLP: Modular Architecture 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges14
  15. 15. > >Slide Key ePLP Features: Demo 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges15
  16. 16. > >Slide Customising and extending the ePLP 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges16
  17. 17. > >Slide GT: Key features >Fulfils similar role to tools like ProMonitor and eTracker – can track nearly all main qualification types >Provides highly-visual tools to help learners and teachers monitor progress against targets >Good tools to support ease of marking and updating for teachers – including off-line spreadsheets >Avoids double-work as assessment setting, feedback provision and progress tracking all take place within Moodle >Very positive response from learners – they chase teachers to get marks put up on GradeTracker 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges17
  18. 18. > >Slide GradeTracker:Tracking grids 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges18
  19. 19. > >Slide GradeTracker: Demo 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges19
  20. 20. > >Slide Data, Reporting tools and Learning analytics >Wide selection of preconfigured reports available and tools for building custom reports >Drill down whole institution -> department -> course -> learner >Automatic scheduling and email alerts >Ideal architecture for generation/capture of xAPI events >Opportunity to use ePLP as xAPI aggregator >GT provides good source of unit information for UDD >GradeTracker provides rich source of novel xAPI data >Qualification progress and assessment submission behaviours 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges20
  21. 21. > >Slide Early indication of learner outcomes Predictions are based on individual PMD criteria achieved compared with maximum attainable at time. Also gives an indication of how much assessment has taken place on the course. 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges21
  22. 22. > >Slide Detailed Course-level analysis Predictions are based on individual PMD criteria achieved compared with maximum attainable at time. Also gives an indication of how much assessment has taken place on the course 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges22
  23. 23. > >Slide Impact and benefits of GradeTracker and ePLP > Moodle ‘centre stage’ in teaching and learning > Growing momentum in eLearning development, especially on-line submission and management of assessment > Provided fertile grounds for embedding eLearning in programmes of study (FELTAG Recommendations) > Cost and efficiency gains – savings against the use of third-party systems plus more efficient use of teacher time > Good feedback from learners regarding awareness of targets and their progress against them > Enthusiastic feedback from Ofsted > Rich source of data and analysis with regard to learner progress and behaviour – Jisc Learner Analytics 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges23
  24. 24. > >Slide Access the modules >If you are interested in trying out the GradeTracker and ePLP in your own college >Visit http://moodleportal.bedford.ac.uk for more details on all of the modules >Email: rcurrie@bedford.ac.uk to have an account set up to access the download areas. 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges24
  25. 25. > >Slide Development of a Unified Data Definition for both FE and HE Students Roy Currie, Director of information and learning technologies, Bedford College 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges25
  26. 26. > >Slide Project background and Progress: 1 > The Unified Data Definition: UDD > Relatively static information about the learner, course etc. > Initial progress with examining the UDD requirements of the HE sector > New focus on addressing the needs of FE institutions > Key Issues: – Consideration of the analytics implications of full programmes of learning – Complexity and diversity of FE qualifications and awarding bodies – Diversity of learning modes: e.g. FT 16-18,Apprenticeships, HE in FE etc. 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges26
  27. 27. > >Slide Project background and Progress: 2 > Current focus is on finalisingV1.3.0 of the UDD > V1.3.0 is being developed with active consideration given to FE requirements > Next step is to test the integrity of the UDD with model data representing a wide range of potential learners that could be encountered in FE > Once UDD has been proven to provide a valid representation for FE learners work will start on examining xAPI statements. > Many aspects of the programme of learning, such as work experience, enhancement and tutorials can be described as learning events and are best reflected in xAPI statements > This will compliment other rich ranges of learning behaviours such as library and computer use,VLE access, assessment submission behaviours and qualification completion progress 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges27
  28. 28. > >Slide Questions and panel discussion 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges28
  29. 29. > >Slide jisc.ac.uk Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND > > Jisc Learning analytics onboarding for FE: Sarah Dunne, Senior co-design manager, Jisc Paul Bailey, Senior co-design manager, Jisc RobWyn Jones Senior data and analytics integrator Rob.Jones@jisc.ac.uk Shri Footring Senior co-design manager Shri.Footring@jisc.ac.uk Contacts 15/03/2017 Learning Analytics for FE Colleges29Slide

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