Utilizing Learning Management System Data to Evaluate and Enhance Student Engagement

TitleUtilizing Learning Management System Data to Evaluate and Enhance Student Engagement
Faculty/College/UnitVP Academic
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

This proposal describes an approach for making currently captured institutional Leaming Management System (LMS) data available to teaching faculty in an easily interpretable interface. These data identify levels of student engagement and provide the capacity for developing early indicators of student disengagement. Current studies conducted in Australia, United States and a research project just commenced at UBC have identified the potential for utilizing existing user tracking data derived from learning management systems (LMS) such as Bb Vista (WebCT), to inform administrators and educators of lead indicators of both student learning and course engagement. This project will develop an evaluative interface which displays information regarding student online interactions. The evaluative data will be sourced from Bb Vista and synthesised into a readily interpretable interface, providing objective, non-invasive, real-time information on the effectiveness of implemented learning and teaching activities, as well as ongoing student engagement information at course, program or faculty level.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2008/2009
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMichelle Lamberson
Year 1: Funded Amount55,260
Year 1: Team Members

Michelle Lamberson, Office of Learning Technology
Shane Dawson, Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth
Leah Macfadyen, Faculty of Science
Jim Berger, Faculty of Science
Cyprien Lomas, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Gary Poole, Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth
Margot Bell, Student Development
Sara Harris, Faculty of Science