Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard Available for Fall

Fri September 4, 2020

The Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard or “LEAD” is a course-level dashboard that consists of three different visualizations with numerous filters. After piloting LEAD for 3 semesters, the dashboard is now available to all principal instructors at go.wisc.edu/lead and displays data from Canvas, Kaltura and/or Unizin Engage e-text. 

This heatmap visualization can help instructors see when students are most active in the course. The darker red indicates more students are active in the course; you can also choose a type of activity.

With the plethora of tools and options available for teaching and learning, how can instructors determine if students are engaging with course materials? Common questions instructors ask include:

  • Are students doing the online reading? 
  • Do they watch the video before they participate in the online discussion? 
  • Is it worth the time to create interactive content or media? 
  • When is a good time to schedule review sessions or office hours? 

LEAD provides instructors with quick views about student behavior and activity in a course. This can help to provide better or earlier insights that can be leveraged to better support student learning. LEAD visualizations are displayed using Tableau, the university’s data visualization tool.

Even before the pandemic, instructors were asking for a simpler way to check on the progress of their learners, without having to drill down in analytics views across numerous teaching and learning tools. This is more important now since students are not likely to have as many face-to-face encounters with their instructors. 

The LEAD visualizations allow you to filter by date, by type of activity, by student, or even a specific assignment or learning activity.

Highlights and benefits:

  • LEAD provides a unique, more holistic view of student behavior and activity in a course.
  • Only principal instructors have access to their course data in LEAD, which is securely provided and adheres to FERPA and campus data governance. 
  • Students will be notified that their course activity is being accessed for learning analytics purposes, to help support their success. 
  • Guiding principles for the ethical use of data for learning analytics were created by a cross-campus committee and continue to be broadly shared with all learning analytics stakeholders. The guiding principles state that all learning analytics tools, including LEAD, should:  be used to benefit students, instructors should be transparent about using LEAD, instructors should respect students’ privacy and confidentiality, and should minimize potential adverse impacts. 
  • LEAD was designed from a pedagogical approach, based on what instructors said they needed to see about their courses, their students, and their teaching. It has been piloted for the past 3 semesters, with iterative enhancements based on user feedback and technical opportunities. Future goals include scaling LEAD to include additional tools and instructional roles.

Interested in learning more?

Register for one of the upcoming events or check out the KnowledgeBase overview about the Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard

If you’d like to receive updates on LEAD and other learning analytics initiatives, join the UW-Madison Learning Analytics team or email LearningAnalytics@office365.wisc.edu and request to be added to the group.