JISC is currently undertaking a consultation exercise and wrote:
As part of our institutional engagement work, the JISC Organisation and User Technologies Team is carrying out an online consultation (using moodle) to identify emerging issues and concerns in UK Higher Education that we may, in the future, be looking to develop programmes of activity around. There are five top level areas each with a discussion forum attached, please feel free to either post a new concern or issue or respond to someone else’s post.
The site is at http://scenarios.conted.ox.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2 it’s a moodle site so there is a quick and simple 2 part registration before you post
Anything you can contribute will be helpful in shaping our future plans
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One of the key factors for both students and universities will be student success; though at times they may have different definitions of what this means.
For example there are patterns of behaviour which may give early indications that a student is at risk of dropping out (non- attendance, declining use of VLE perhaps) where early intervention to support students may help them to achieve the results that they wanted to.
Similarly there are patterns of behaviour which may indicate that students are studying as effectively as they might, again where early intervention could be of great assistance to the student.
There are a number of areas where intervention at the national level would be of great value to the sector. These include:
- Understanding the information that universities have available to them
- Identifying patterns associated with success and failure. Note that these are likely to be discipline dependent. Some disciplines make much more use the library than others. They are also likely to be institution dependent as, for instance some universities make much more use of VLEs than others,
- Developing algorithms to identify students at risk or with sub-optimal study patterns
- Researching methods of intervention that actually support students to succeed. There is evidence that some approaches may be counter-productive
These methods can form part of the way in which to enhance student learning and success, and where national support will enable all universities and colleges to achieve more than they could by developing the tools and algorithms for themselves.