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Using Course Activity Data to Raise Awareness of Underperforming College Students PROCEEDINGS

, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Similar to other institutions, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has determined a relationship may exist between student performance as defined by grades, and activity in the campus’ online course management system (CMS). Specifically, over two academic years (2007-09), UMBC’s “Most Active Blackboard Courses” reports show students earning a D or F in 72 courses used the CMS 35 percent less than students earning a grade of C or higher. While the sample of courses needs to be expanded and studied further, what if this usage pattern holds true throughout the semester? And how might students’ awareness, motivation and performance change if they could know this information sooner? This best practice presentation demonstrates two new tools UMBC students can use to check their activity (and grades) against an anonymous summary of their peers, which might make them more inclined to seek or accept academic support.

Citation

Fritz, J. (2009). Using Course Activity Data to Raise Awareness of Underperforming College Students. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2586-2589). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 22, 2018 from .

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