BbWorld: Leveraging the power of analytics: From idea to implementation

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Indian River State College implemented their analytics initiative in the spring semester of 2015, and immediately experienced an institutional shift in intervention measures. For the first time, instructors and advisors had real-time data at their fingertips, which allowed them to make appropriate interventions before students fell behind in their courses. The analytics reports fostered meaningful conversations among instructional deans, advisors and faculty, resulting in heightened collaboration around student success. Efforts led to an increase in success rates and a decrease in student withdrawals within online courses.

The session will also cover the College's pilot of Blackboard Predict, a predictive model which gauges the likelihood of students successfully passing a course, using data elements from the student information system (SIS) and the learning management system (LMS). Results from the implementation of this resource will be shared, followed by a discussion about the lessons learned from the Blackboard Predict initiative.


Presenters: Paul O'Brien, Vice President, Institutional Technology & Kendall St. Hilaire, Assistant Dean, Virtual Campus at Indian River State College