“A week of Engagement Analytics”
This week I used the LMS we use at school to track my own engagement with the course resources and materials over the past week. This reports shows how my ‘overall’ engagement this week was not perfect. Even when I got a lot done (and felt it was a successful week), the ‘engagement analytics’ reports shows a very negative view overall. If students had access to this information, how would they perceive their learning? Would they feel overwhelmed, demotivated or encouraged?
Although at my school we don’t use this engagement analytics system, I do have access to it from the admin side of the platform. I think it’s interesting to see the way the students interact with the platform, and how the softwares creates a profile of the students and their learning. Each student is marked as either:
- Not engaged
The reports generated by the system are not customisable and the labels cannot be changed. I’m glad we don’t use this to evaluate student’s performance! After looking at my own report, I wonder how a teacher’s perception of a student might change by having this additional information, such as how often a student is logged-in, how long he or she looks at a document or if they have a ‘highly engaged’ tag next to their name. Will this ‘data’ have gradually greater influence on the evaluation of learning than the more traditional assessments?