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Item-level learning analytics: Ensuring quality in an online French course

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Item Summary Youngs, Bonnie L. 2021-02-20T00:00:13Z 2021-02-20T00:00:13Z 2021-02-12
dc.identifier.citation Youngs, B. L. (2021). Item-level learning analytics: Ensuring quality in an online French course. Language Learning & Technology, 25(1), 73–91.
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501
dc.description.abstract Learning analytics (LA) offer benefits and challenges for online learning, but prior to collecting data on high-stakes summative assessments as proof of student learning, LA researchers should engage instructors as partners to ensure the quality of course materials through the formative evaluation of individual items (Bienkowski et al., 2012; Dyckhoff et al., 2013; Mantra, 2019; van Leeuwen, 2015). This exploratory study describes a visualization tool that provides actionable data for early intervention with students, and actionable data highlighting odd patterns in student responses (Chatti et al., 2012; Gibson & de Freitas, 2016; Morgenthaler, 2009; Pei et al., 2017), thus allowing instructors to make full use of their teaching skillset in the online environment as they would in a traditional classroom (Davis & Varma, 2008; Dunbar, et al., 2014; Grossman & Thompson, 2008; Lockyer et al., 2013). To answer research questions related to the value of learning analytics and their use in making informed decisions about student learning, a visualization tool was developed for and piloted in an online French course. The findings suggest that using this tool can lead not only to intervention with low- achieving students but can also determine if students struggle due to poor course materials.
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.publisher (co-sponsored by Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin)
dc.subject Online
dc.subject Learning
dc.subject Analytics
dc.subject Exploratory
dc.title Item-level learning analytics: Ensuring quality in an online French course
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.volume 25
prism.number 1
prism.startingpage 73
prism.endingpage 91
Appears in Collections: Volume 25 Number 1, February 2021 Special Issue: Big Data in Language Education & Research

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