Using eLearning data to answer questions about teaching and learning
As students progress through eLearning environments, they generate large amounts of data. These traces—the digital records of online activities, assignments, courses, and degree programs—represent a robust portrait of student behavior, from millisecond-level click patterns to semester enrollment records, at scale. In ways that had previously been unobservable, researchers can now begin to rigorously assess questions like: How are students studying? Are they engaging appropriately with learning materials? How does this activity relate to course performance? How do these relationships change with different students and courses?
The eLearning Research and Practice Lab is a link between IU faculty researchers and the systems that store eLearning records, helping to enable systematic and sustained research. The lab also offers an interdisciplinary discourse community on the constructive and responsible usage of these data assets.
For more information, contact Benjamin Motz, Director of eLearning Research and Practice Lab.