Universities with online programs want a learning management system that is not only easily deployable, but also includes features that can improve student retention—a problem that is particularly concerning to online institutions.
A growing number of campus leaders believe learning analytics could be essential tools for improving learning outcomes and college completion rates. Recently, eCampus News highlighted several programs equipped with learning analytics tools that are garnering success at universities: Ellucian’s Course Signals, Jenzabar Retention, Blackboard Analytics for Learn, and Desire2Learn Analytics.
When deciding which learning management system to incorporate to improve productivity, Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA), based in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the six community colleges that are part of Kansas’s eduKan cohort invested in Pearson LearningStudio, an LMS designed for mostly or completely online institutions.
Pearson LearningStudio is at the center of an integrated system of services called eCollege that includes data reporting and analytics capabilities.
Matt Leavy, chief executive officer of eCollege, said administrators can opt to receive “triggers for intervention” through a daily reporting feature, and they can track which students aren’t attending class, or which students failed an exam.
“Our research shows that speed is everything in terms of getting students on track,” said Leavy. “We also have sophisticated algorithms that show the trajectory of a successful student based on dozens of variables, and it changes by schools—it fills the profile of a successful student, and it tracks every other student against that profile. You can tell early in the term if a student will be successful in the course.”
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