“Garden Maze” by Wes A 2013 CC BY-SA 2.0

Learning Analytics comes to iLearn

A new learning analytics tool in iLearn is available for session 1. The Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP) tracks 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. It can also provide you (and your HOD) with a record of what you have done to help your students.

Research at Macquarie University on student attitudes found that 90% of students wanted to be contacted by their convenor if their performance was unsatisfactory and 77% wanted to be contacted via university email. MEAP allows you to contact students via their university email in an efficient manner, using the power of learning analytics to focus on students that may need the most help.

In the same survey, 76% of students that were contacted using MEAP reported that they took follow-up action. Interested? Read on.

“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 last MEAP workshop for session 1 2017 on  9 March (12pm-1pm) 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?

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Written by Chris Froissard

Chris Froissard

Chris is a keen and passionate educational technologist. He has worked in many different educational sectors over the years. He recently completed a Masters of Education at Macquarie University. He is one of the Senior Learning Designers at the Faculty of Arts for Macquarie University. His aim is to bring the worlds of educational practitioners together with educational researchers to create effective and transformative teaching and learning experiences.

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