Evaluate 2 – Data Driven Instruction & Analysis

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?

A teacher can adjust the course based on data by omitting/changing the lesson or tool that had the least amount of completion. Assessments that were scored low can be looked at as well, perhaps rephrasing of sentences, or lessons need to be better laid out in order for students to retain information. Online data gives the teacher concrete  evidence of student and class performance; the teacher can see how a student does over time or even look at how students use a particular tool. Teachers who utilize data have more advantages than those who do not; these data driven teachers are able to offer better feedback to students, give students a more personalized learning experience and overall become a better teacher because they can identify weakness in lessons.

Image 1: Student enrollment and teaching assignments

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students? – According to the data table both 9th and 10th grade AB Fall classes have low enrollment, while those only in A Fall have a high enrollment. The teacher will have to take into consideration the number of students alone. Those with a high volume of students may end up taking more time i.e. grading assessment and assignments and may prove to be difficult to have collaboration among the students and provide a classroom setting in a digital world.  The teacher could try to make more and smaller sections of the A Fall courses to help facilitate that online collaboration. What uses does data have for online instruction?   In this case, the data provides the teacher with the knowledge to provide feedback to administrators who make the sections and provide feedback to create smaller sections. What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not?  In this case, if the teacher uses this chart along with other data showing student completion of assessments, classwork etc it may persuade administrators to create more and smaller courses. Data never lies and helps a teacher provide a better education to students. In this case, smaller course will create a more collaborative classroom environment.

Image 2  Student enrollment

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?  With this data the teacher is able to see what kind of accommodations students have, as well as how long they are enrolled in the  course. The teacher can pull the data of all 12 week, 14 week, 16 week and 18 week long enrolled students and see how assignments are completed among these groups of students. There may be a difference in how an assignment is completed and the teacher can then make adjustments to any assignments to better differentiate. The teacher should also then separate the data of students who have any accommodations and see how they completed assignments. If those students were not able to complete the assignment to expectations perhaps the teacher needs to look at delivery and other methods to help those students achieve the expectations of assignments.   What uses does data have for online instruction?  In this case, the data can further help the teacher understand how students complete assignments and if there needs to be any adjustments in future classes. What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not?  Teachers that use data, like this chart have an advantage over others that don’t because they will be able to better accommodate all students and make their learning experience better.

Image 3 – Student/Teacher Communication

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?  With this data a teacher can adjust a course by looking back and through communication and seeing if the student passed the course. If the teacher sees a correlation between not passing/barely passing and the first communication, the teacher can adjust the timing of the first communication of grade below 70%. According to the table the class began on 9/5 and communication of course failure was 20 days afterwards. (3 weeks in). If the teacher finds a correlation between this communication and failure rates of those same students the teacher should adjust first communication as soon as the student falls before 70% or is showing a trend/pattern of failure. What uses does data have for online instruction?  In this case, this data can help the teacher with communication with parents/students and increase pass rate of the course. What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not? When teachers use data like the above chart to guide instruction, they have distinct advantage over teachers who do not because they are able to make their teaching and communication better, which can then lead to higher pass rate (more learning) in the course(s).

Image 4 – Communication with students

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?  According, to this image this is a motivational email to a student that perhaps was failing in the course but is now doing a good job.  With this type of data the teacher can take a look which students she communicated with i.e. did the teacher only send motivational emails to students who showed improvement? and a correlation between passing the course. For example, did the teacher also send out motivational email to students who were not showing an improvement in the course? if there is a correlation between this and not passing the teacher should adjust their teaching by also sending motivational emails to those students who are not showing improvement; a little encouragement can go a long way.  On the opposite side, the teacher should also look at the “high achievers” in the course, did their grades stay the same throughout the course or was there a steady decline. If the teacher did not sent a motivational email to these students it could keep students less engaged in the course.  A motivational email can go a long way with all students, not just those who are showing improvement. What uses does data have for online instruction?  In this case, the teacher will be able to see a direct correlation between motivational email communication and passing the course.  What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not? Teachers who utilize data to drive instruction have a distinct advantage over those who do not because they can make changes to their course and communication in order to increase student achievement.

Image 5 –  Course Progress

SIS report example

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?  This chart gives information on how many assignments students have completed and how many tools they have used for a particular assignment. The teacher can use this data for future course by seeing how many tools were used and which ones were not. For example, For the first assignment, the tool(s) provided were not used at all. This data would tell the teacher to re-evaluate the assignment and the tool(s); are the tools useful to the assignment? Do the students need to use the tool? The teacher can also see the correlation between the grade on an assignment and tool usage; if a student can do well with out using a tool, then the tool is not useful and teacher needs to reevaluate both the assignment and tools. What uses does data have for online instruction? This data is very useful in online instruction because the teacher can have an up to date understanding why a student is doing well or not doing well in the course; the teacher would be able to provide proper feedback to each student based on this data.    What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not?  A teacher who uses this data has a distinct advantage over teachers who do not because they will be able to communicate better with parents and students, as well as make changes to assignment and tools to make the course better.

Image 6 –  Student Monitoring their own progress

SIS report example

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students? Based on this data, the teacher would need to look at all the feedback given to students. For example, for U3 Newsletter Final Draft, the teacher comments on what was missing for the newsletter ( Center captions and left align pictures). It would be necessary for the teacher to look at all feedback because if there are many students who did the same thing than the teacher missed a lesson on showing that skill or needs to improve the delivery of the lesson that teaches students that skill, perhaps even give them a small formative to show they are able to do it correctly.  What uses does data have for online instruction?  This data is useful in online instruction for several reasons, the first is that it provides students a way to see feedback from the teacher and how to improve on future assignments. The second this allows the teacher to collect all feedback given to students and see if there are any correlations, or skills that all/ most students missed. If so, then the teacher can make improvements on the lesson. What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not?  A teacher who uses this data has a distinct advantage over teachers who do not because they will be able to see where students have gotten the skill and where they have not, this will allow the teacher to adjust lessons for future students.

Image 7- Student Monitoring their own progress

SIS quiz results

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?  The data above shows the questions missed by a particular student. However, it does not show any links or tools to help students know which one is the correct answer. The teacher can make improvements based on this data by looking at all students and seeing which questions were commonly missed withing a certain threshold. If there are common questions missed then the teacher needs to look back at the lessons in which the standard is covered and redesign the lesson so that students can obtain the knowledge necessary.  Also, I wonder if students are able to retake quizzes as a way to faciliate Growth Mindset and the concept of Try Again. What uses does data have for online instruction?  This data is useful for online instruction because it allows the teacher to see which students are passing quizzes and which are not, what concepts are being learned and which ones are not. This data will allow the teacher to come up with a reteaching moment (Review) for those students who did not get the concepts the first time around. What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not? A teacher who uses this data has a distinct advantage over teachers who do not because they will be able to help students reach their learning goals better. Using the data above will also allow students to know which learning goals they have reached and which ones they have missed.

Image 8 and 9- Student Monitoring their own progress

dropbox example

Image 9- Student Monitoring their own progress

feedback example

How might the teacher adjust the course in the future based on the previous activity of these students?  Images and 8 and 9 must be combined in order to get a true picture of the data. This student was able to get full credit for the cover letter but missed a few points on the resume portion because of aesthetics and missing portions (skills and references) The teacher can see how many students made the same mistake; if there were many students with the same mistakes the teacher should re-evaluate the lessons leading up this and even the rubric so that students know what the expectations are.  Also, I am wondering if the teacher allows the student to fix what they missed and receive a portion of the points back as, learning  how to create a good resume is the goal here. What uses does data have for online instruction? This data is useful in driving instruction because the teacher may see that students missed the same requirements and this would prove to be a re-teachable moment for the students. What advantages do teachers who utilize data have over those that do not? Teachers who use this data have a distinct advantage over those who don’t because this data gives great student feedback which allows them to take control of their learning. With the feedback given students understand where they went right and where they went wrong. Teachers can also use the feedback of all the students to see if there is any correlation between tasks missed between all of them and re-evaluate the lesson/rubric and other tools that go with the assignment.

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