Understanding student behaviours in iLearn with Learning Analytics

Have you often wondered what your students were up to in the maze that is iLearn? There are so many things to keep track of! Students spending time (or not) on iLearn. Students submitting assignments on time (or not). Students responding to forums posts (or not). Students doing well in assignments (or not).

How can you identify students that may be struggling and at risk of falling behind, and even perhaps, either withdrawing or failing? From Session 1 2017 there is a new plugin that brings learning analytics to iLearn.

The Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP) can track which students you deem at risk of falling behind. It allows you to create a customised profile of an “at-risk student” in your unit, send personalised, tailored emails to students that meet that profile. Provide you (and your HOD) with a record of what you have done to help your students.

“MEAP mailer” by Chris Froissard © Macquarie University

“MEAP mailer” by Chris Froissard © Macquarie University

MQU staff have been piloting MEAP for three sessions and it is now available to all convenors on iLearn. To ensure students receive a consistent and quality learning experience and so that convenors get the most out of MEAP, convenors must attend a  MEAP workshop before it is activated in their unit. Alternatively, if you are one of the convenors that have already used MEAP during the pilot, the workshop is optional and MEAP can be activated in your unit.

What now?

Interested?

Register for the MEAP workshop on Wednesday 22 February (11am-12pm) or (if you have already used MEAP) contact chris.froissard@mq.edu.au to activate MEAP.

For more information

To find out more about MEAP,  why not read Can we use learning analytics to improve student unit completion?

Faculty Inductions for New Staff

To welcome all new 2017 sessional staff into Macquarie University, each Faculty will be running inductions on Admin and Learning and Teaching. Some faculties may also run complementary introduction events.

The induction sessions will provide casual academic staff with an introduction to the Macquarie community to ensure a positive staff and student experience. Continue reading Faculty Inductions for New Staff

AFR Awards 2017 – watch this space

Applications to the Australian Financial Review (AFR) Higher Education Awards are scheduled to open in April 2017. AFR Awards recognise the achievement, innovation and contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life. See the 2016 finalists (including two of our own programs) here.

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Teaching Induction Program (TiP) Registration Open Now

Registrations are now open for the Teaching Induction Program (TIP) – session 1. The Teaching Induction Program is a blended professional learning experience, developed and delivered in partnership by Faculty Learning and Teaching Teams and Learning Innovation Hub (LIH) staff. Continue reading Teaching Induction Program (TiP) Registration Open Now

The Foundations In Learning and Teaching program to start in February

If you’re interested in finding out more about how students learn in an increasingly complex and technology-driven world, if you’re keen to gain new insights into curriculum design, assessment and pedagogy, and if you’re hoping to build your skills in integrating learning technologies into your teaching, this is the program for you.

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