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Course Pathways: Making the right choices for the right reasons

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Update on the UTS project to analyse student pathways using data mining techniques:

https://utscic.edu.au/projects/uts-projects/course-pathways-analytics

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Course Pathways: Making the right choices for the right reasons

  1. 1. Course Pathways: Making the right choices for the right reasons uts.edu.au Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS Teaching and Learning Forum, 22 Nov 2016
  2. 2. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice 2006 –2016 Student Cohorts moving between subjects (only top 50% of subjects by size shown) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 20152014 2016 COURSE PATHWAYS MAKING INFORMED CHOICES UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 A TOOL FOR STUDENTS, COURSE AND SUBJECT COORDINATORS
  3. 3. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 Civil Engineering major, Autumn commencing Year 1 Autumn session 33130 Mathematical Modelling 1 48230 Engineering Communication 68037 Physical Modelling 48310 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Spring session 33230 Mathematical Modelling 2 48321 Engineering Mechanics 48320 Surveying 60101 Chemistry and Materials Science Year 2 Autumn session 48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals 48221 Engineering Computations 48331 Mechanics of Solids 48340 Construction 41035 Engineering Practice Preparation 1 Spring session 41036 Engineering Professional Experience 1 41037 Work Integrated Learning 1 Typical recommended course pathway Here: Pathway means pathway through a course (not university entry pathway) Different Roles –Different Views Course Coordinator Acute overall overview of all subjects and envisioned connectedness Limited subject level view Subject Coordinator Familiarity with “adjoining” subjects Limited overall view of connectedness Student Familiarity with “parallel” subjects Future blind
  4. 4. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 A C D B Pre-Uni H TI O … … Subjects UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records E http://138.25.83.252:3838 Course Coordinator Role Monitoring longitudinal stage progression Providing student support with whole course view Appropriate alignment of course content Subjects Subjects Questions Is the course content well aligned laterally as well as longitudinally? Are pass-students sufficiently prepared to take on the next stage?
  5. 5. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 Enlightening Coordinator View Looking at a cohort of average performing students (58) in subject A coming directly from highschool (H), it appears that course is not well aligned for them to progress in semester 2. 553010 A C D B 58 H TI O … … UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records E Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Pre-Uni http://138.25.83.252:3838
  6. 6. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 Enlightening Coordinator View Looking at a cohort of average performing students (58) in subject A coming directly from highschool (H), it appears that course is not well aligned for them to progress in semester 2. After repeats in semester 2, the cohort (58) does generally well in semester 3, except for subject E. 3072 50 A C D B 58 65 H TI O … … UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records E Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Pre-Uni http://138.25.83.252:3838
  7. 7. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 A C D B Pre-Uni H TI O … … Subjects UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records E http://138.25.83.252:3838 Subject Coordinator Role Maintain alignment of disciplinary knowledge & skills with parallel subjects (semester view) Ensure the subject is a meaningful requisite for other subjects upstream Subjects Subjects Questions To what level do disciplinary knowledge & skills learned in A contribute to a successful progression to C ? Are skills learned in A important to succeed in E ?
  8. 8. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 553010 A C D B 58 Enlightening Subject Coordinator Questions The disciplinary knowledge & skills taught in A appear not to contribute well or are not relevant for progression in upstream subject C. H TI O … … UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum Approval:E TH160338 E Subjects Subjects Subjects Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Pre-Uni http://138.25.83.252:3838
  9. 9. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 A C D B Pre-Uni H TI O … … Subjects UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records E http://138.25.83.252:3838 Student Aspiration Succeed in subject Learn the disciplinary knowledge & skills that are needed further up the alley Subjects Subjects Questions Is a bare bone knowledge and my current level of engagement sufficient to progress successfully ? Is the subject ahead of me similar, more or much more demanding than the current one ?
  10. 10. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 553010 58 Enlightening Student Questions On average students like me having achieved 55 and 58 in these Semester 1 subjects historically have performed 10, 30 and 55 in those Semester 2 subjects H TI O … … UTS Jurgen Schulte . . . 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum Approval:E TH160338 Subjects Subjects Subjects Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Pre-Uni 55 http://138.25.83.252:3838 C B
  11. 11. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records
  12. 12. UTS Teaching and Learning Forum 22 Nov 2016 Jurgen Schulte, Pedro Fernandez de Mendonca, Roberto MartinezMaldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum UTS HREC REF NO. ETH16-0338 317,681 Students 1,297 Courses16,210 SubjectsUTS 6,000,000+ Records
  13. 13. Jurgen Schulte

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