Learning Analytics and Gateway Courses: Keys to Student Success

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Aug 6th at 12:45 PM until 1:30 PM


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Key Concepts: Holistic support, preparing students for academic success in their major field, and best practices in instruction are key concepts in this research. Results: Analysis of 12 gateway courses at a Midwestern non-profit university suggests that that instructors can influence the probability of a student with a 3.0 GPA passing the same gateway course by anywhere from 40% to 90%. Those results suggest variability in instructors’ teaching practices. Instructor cognition has an impact on their pedagogical approaches and instructional practices. Our study suggests that instructors have a tendency to over-communicate early in the term, set clear expectations, share details of their lives, and aim to create an image as an authentic human. Conceptual Framework: This study is based on holistic theory of adult learning (Yang, 2003), which holds that knowledge is a social construct with explicit (cognitive), implicit (behavioral), and emancipatory (affective) facets. Knowledge is created through the interactions among those facets. Gateway courses and instructor interactions are viewed through a holistic lens. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]