Increasing Online Learning Success Using a Learning Analytics Tool with Messaging about How to Study Productively

Concurrent Session 7

Brief Abstract

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning created messaging about how to study productively to complement a learning analytics tool students use to monitor their study activities. Improvements in a gateway course resulted from use of the tool compared to use of the learning analytics tool without messaging.

Presenters

Diane Reddy, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UWM, leads professional development of instructors and instructional innovation to increase success for all students. Together with Ray Fleming, Professor of Psychology, Diane developed the U-Pace instructional approach, which has been recognized with a 2014 WCET Outstanding Work Award, the 2013 Desire2EXCEL Impact Award, and the 2012 National University Technology Network Distance Education Innovation Award. The U-Pace team, comprised of Diane, Ray, and Laura Pedrick, Special Assistant to the UWM Provost and Executive Director of UWM Online, was named to the Center for Digital Education's list of Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers in 2015. With Tanya Joosten, UWM eLearning Research and Development Director, Diane established the National Research Center on Distance Education and Technological Advancements. Diane’s commitment to advancing evidence-based practices is also reflected in the funding she secured from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to conduct a randomized controlled trial of U-Pace instruction, and from EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation Learning Challenges program to conduct a cross-institutional study of U-Pace instruction, and to disseminate this online instructional model. Diane is the recipient of seven teaching awards, including the 2015 Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, and the 2014 Online Learning Consortium Excellence in Online Teaching Award.
Dylan Barth is a Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant in UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), where he coordinates the Online and Blended Teaching Program. Dylan’s areas of focus include online and blended pedagogy, asynchronous discussions, active learning classroom strategies, gamification, and learning analytics. Dylan also serves as the Online Programs Coordinator through the Office of the Provost and teaches courses in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Honors College.

Extended Abstract

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning created messaging about how to study productively complementing a learning analytics tool students used to monitor their study activities and rigorously investigated the impact on online learning success. Striking improvements in online learning success in a gateway course critical to college retention resulted from use of the learning analytics tool with messaging compared to use of the learning analytics tool without messaging and the same course where neither the learning analytics tool nor messaging was implemented. Use of the learning analytics tool with complementary messaging impacted students’ motivation, engagement, and learning.