Reflect: Review the artifacts above on student enrollments and student progress in the course.
Answer: How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students? What uses does data have for online instruction? What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not?
Current teaching assignments allows teachers to effectively manage their courses and stay on-track.
Student information summary allows the teacher to make sure students are receiving the accommodations they require and need.
Communication logs are important to show that the teacher has taken the initiative to communicate to students, guardians, and stakeholders student status. For instance, if a student is in danger of failing, this MUST be communicated to all parties immediately. It is a forewarning. Steps to correct this action must also be addressed.
A viewable gradebook allows the student to monitor their own progress. Comments should be to congratulate the student on a job well-done or address weaknesses. If weaknesses or corrections are noted, the path to correct the items should also be noted. You wouldn’t tell someone they are lost without giving them proper directions, would you?
The chart below is what I refer to as a ‘student usage report.’ It allows me a quick snapshot of how many assignments have been completed which can also give me a good indication if the student is progressing on schedule. Color-coded boxes show how often students accessed information. The more a student accesses the information, the more successful a student tends to be. If I notice a student earning lower grades or having lower usage, I will communicate this to all parties and encourage more participation as well as offer assistance.
Making mistakes is something that occurs to all of us. Learning from them requires direction. It is no longer sufficient to simply a numerical grade. Explain to the student what corrections and/or edits are required. You don’t have to drive the car, but you do need to give correct directions. The assignment feedback below is good indication of revisions that need to occur.
I love the fact that students are able to review the questions they missed. This allows them to self-assess on whether they need to review content or it was a test-taking strategy issue (i.e. not reading the answer selections thoroughly).
Below is a summary of grades a student has earned. Students and teachers are able to quickly glance and see progression through the course.
The email below is one of my favorite parts of my career. If a student is doing exceptionally well, be sure to let them know! It is nice to be recognized for a job well-done. Even as an adult, I enjoy reading comments on projects that congratulate me for good work.
Teachers can view the grades versus the usage of material. If the student has a low grade in an area and activity indicates there is low usage in an area, this may indicate lack of engagement on the student’s part. This will need to be addressed with both the student and guardians. If students score low in an area while usage of related content is high, then the teacher will need to analyze whether the instruction of the content or assessment needs revamping. For online instruction, data is paramount. Since the teacher may never meet the student in person, we must rely upon the data to reflect the student’s ability and progress. Teachers who utilize data have several advantages over teachers who do not. These advantages are accuracy and reliability. They are assured that their courses are achieving end goals and that any content and tasks align with those goals.