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Students include users enrolled with the student course role in Learn. Instructors are users in a course with a role different from student. Instructor includes instructors, facilitators, graders and teaching assistants.

The Student Engagement and Performance Alignment report has these tabs:

  • Ongoing Student Activity and Performance: See how students in ongoing courses are doing compared to students in past completed courses.
  • Past Student Activity and Performance: See the past engagement patterns of successful and unsuccessful students. The data in the Past Students Activity and Performance tab informs the data in the Ongoing Student Activity and Performance tab. 

 

Filters to refine the report follow the tabs. After these controls is the data. 

Together, the data shows how students in ongoing courses are performing compared to students in past completed courses. Use this information to see what areas may need attention. For example, you know that past successful students spent a lot of time in Collaborate sessions. But current students aren't in Collaborate as much. You may want to explore why that is and find ways to encourage more engagement.

Ongoing Student Activity and Performance

The ongoing student activity and performance data starts with relative importance of course activity types and ends with status of student activity in ongoing courses. 

Relative Importance of Student Activity Types 

The analysis shows how past successful students performed in each of the key course activity types. The analysis considers the following types of course activity: 

  • Time in Collaborate sessions: This is a measure of the aggregate per course, of the duration in minutes, for Collaborate sessions in which both students and instructors were present. Consider that if you don't use Collaborate, no data is shown for this measure. 
  • Social and collaborative interactions: This is a measure of the number of clicks and page loads a student has in social and collaborative learning activities in a course. These learning activities include discussions, blogs, journals, and wikis. 
  • Time in course content: This is a measure of the aggregated time that a student spends on content items in a course. Content is any instructional or study resource content item, including documents, files, learning modules, SCORM packages, syllabi, and so on. 
  • Time in course: This is a measure of the aggregated time that a student spends in a course. 
  • Frequency of course access: This is a measure of the distinct days a student registers activity in a course. 

If you don't use Blackboard Collaborate, there will be no Time in Collaborate sessions data. 

The relative importance of course activity types chart summarizes the relationship between student performance and different activities, across all course sections within the filters you’ve selected. You can find more detail on this analysis in the "Past Student Activity and Performance" tab. 

Calculations are based on past engagement patterns of successful students. Courses that ended within one month and a year ago are used to establish the engagement patterns. The mean value for successful and unsuccessful students are for the normalized metric value. Original values are converted to a range of 1 to 100. The strength of association shows the relative effect of the course activity type on final course grades. 

Screenshot relative importance of student activity types bar graph

Point to a blank space in the bar chart to see the information in a list format. 

Use insights from relative importance of course activity types to identify which of these types of course activity have the highest level of association with success—measured as a passing final grade in the course, and what tells you which of the charts below you should be focusing on. For more detail, go to the analysis and diagnosis in the Past Student Activity and Performance (Link) tab. 

Status of Student Activity in Ongoing Courses

The set of charts compare the activity of current students to historically successful students. An activity where a large proportion of current students are below average suggests that they are at risk, particularly in those activities that have a moderate or strong relationship with success, as identified in the chart at the top of the page.  

Use the filters at the top of the page to select an academic unit of interest and the appropriate passing grade, to see if there is an important activity where a high proportion of students are below average. 

By default, ongoing courses for the selected academic unit are included in the analysis; and you can use the course term, ID, and/or name filters to further narrow the selection of courses to include in the analysis. Only terms associated with ongoing courses are available within the course term filter.  

Screenshot status of student activity in ongoing courses bar graphs

Point to a section of the course activity type bar to see the label.  

Use insights from status of student activity in ongoing courses to identify an academic unit and activity that require more investigation in the other reports, and potentially intervention with the leader of the academic unit. 

Past Student Activity in Ongoing Courses

The set of charts identify the association between student attainment and different types of activity in courses, including:

  • Course access frequency: This is a measure of the distinct days a student registers activity in a course. 
  • Time in course: This is a measure of the aggregated time that a student spends in a course. 
  • Time in course content: This is a measure of the aggregated time that a student spends on content items in a course. Content is any instructional or study resource content item, including documents, files, learning modules, SCORM packages, syllabi, and so on. 
  • Social and Collaborative interactions: This is a measure of the number of clicks and page loads a student has in social and collaborative learning activities in a course. These learning activities include discussions, blogs, journals, and wikis. 
  • Time in Collaborate sessions: This is a measure of the aggregate per course, of the duration in minutes, for Collaborate sessions in which both students and instructors were present. Consider that if you don't use Collaborate, no data is shown for this measure. 

In this report, a student is successful when they have achieved at least a minimum passing grade in the course, which is defined by the slider at the top of this page.  

Where successful students have a higher level of activity than unsuccessful students, there is a positive relationship, and this can be defined as a strength of association that is weak, moderate, or strong.  

The analysis uses activity and grades data from a sample of courses completed between one month and one year ago. The mean value for successful and unsuccessful students are for the normalized metric value. Original values are converted to a range of 1 to 100. The strength of association shows the relative effect of the course activity type on final course grades. 

Filter for a specific academic unit and/or the appropriate passing grade using the filters at the top of the page. 

Information on relative importance of student activity types describes the difference in activity between successful and unsuccessful students for the sample of completed courses. The mean and standard deviation values are the basis for distributing successful and unsuccessful students into the below average, within average, and above-average categories. 

Screenshot relative importance of student activity types data

The analysis of student activity and success in courses series of bar charts shows the past engagement of successful and unsuccessful students. Each bar shows a student engagement in a key type of activity in courses relevant to student success. You'll see how successful and unsuccessful students compare. The calculation is based on the final course grade of completed courses. This calculation is used in the status of Student Activity in Ongoing Courses (link) bar chart. 

Point to sections of the bar to see the information.

Screenshot analysis student activity in success in courses bar graph

 

Use insights from past student activity in ongoing courses to identify students at risk of failure across your institution or in a particular academic unit, and the results may differ between these if teaching methods are different. The color-coded "strength of association" summary is all you need to do this, but the other measures and charts help to explain the relationship and give you confidence in the results. 

 

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