Tracking and Analyzing Student eLearning EngagementPosted on Apr 7, 2020 11:40:54 AM
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, districts across the country are exploring ways to engage their students through eLearning.
During our conversations with clients, all have indicated that they are currently navigating how to best ensure that each student receives the necessary learning experiences, both from a delivery perspective and a content perspective.
During this unique time in education, districts are considering many of the following questions:
What students have access to computers and Internet in their home to access the necessary eLearning resources?
How will we know if students are accessing the lessons provided by teachers?
How will we delivery educational materials and/or services to students with special needs or English Learners (ELs)?
What is the plan to support students who do not have the at-home resources to continue learning in an eLearning environment?
What information can we communicate to our stakeholders, including Board of Education members and parents, to show that students are accessing the eLearning lesson plans, and that we are supporting students who may be struggling to access materials?
These questions, and more, are critical to ensuring that that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, and/or socioeconomic status, have the necessary access to educational resources and can learn during this most unconventional of times. Additionally, in order to accurately communicate to stakeholders, districts must identify key data points to demonstrate that each and every student is learning and that learning outcomes are being met, albeit in a virtual environment.
To support this critical effort, we recently delivered a 5Lab dashboard to a client who needed to be able to visualize the last time each student logged in to their learning management system (LMS), as well as when each student was last actively accessing the material in the LMS. This 5Lab dashboard provided filtering capabilities so that specific student groups, such as students with special needs, English learners, or low-income students, could be identified, enabling the district to provide additional resources to those students.
Additionally, through our eLearning guided analysis page, the district leadership team was able to immediately generate a list of student names who had not accessed the eLearning materials. With this data at their fingertips, this district is now able to communicate, daily, which students are accessing their learning materials and which students need to be contacted to see if they need support to access/engage with the learning management system. This level of analysis also enables the district to demonstrate, through data, their desire to personalize the learning experience for all students and their willingness to lend a helping hand when a student and/or family is in need.
If your district is interested in tracking eLearning experiences or additional student performance metrics, please reach out to your 5Lab Advisor to learn more about how 5Lab can support your district's eLearning efforts. If you'd like to learn more about 5Lab, schedule a demo today.
Dr. Adam Cibulka is the Senior Manager for 5Lab with Forecast5 Analytics in Naperville. Prior to joining the Forecast5 team, Adam served in public education as a teacher, department head, assistant principal, and district level administrator. Most recently, Dr. Cibulka was the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at DuPage High School District 88, located in Addison, Illinois, where he was responsible for the assessment structures, curricular resources, development of new curriculum, management of Title grants, professional learning communities, teacher evaluation system, and staff development teams. Dr. Cibulka received a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College in History/Social Science Secondary Education and a Master’s (MA) and Doctoral Degree (ED.D.) in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University.