Learning Analytics Dashboard Analysing First-Year Engineering Students

Vaclavek, Jonas; Kuzilek, Jakub; Skocilas, Jan; Zdrahal, Zdenek and Fuglik, Viktor (2018). Learning Analytics Dashboard Analysing First-Year Engineering Students. In: Lifelong Technology-Enhanced Learning - 13th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (Pammer-Schindler, Viktoria; Pérez-Sanagustín, Mar; Drachsler, Hendrik; Elferink, Raymond and Scheffel, Maren eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 575–578.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98572-5_48


Nowadays, the higher education institutions experience the problem of the student drop-out. In response to this problem, universities started employing analytical dashboards and educational data mining methods such as machine learning, to detect students at risk of failing their studies. In this paper, we present interactive web-based Learning Analytics dashboard - Analyst, which has been successfully deployed at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FME), Czech Technical University in Prague. The dashboard provides academic teaching staff with the opportunity to analyse student-related data from various sources in multiple ways to identify those, who might have difficulties to complete their degree. For this purpose, multiple analytical dashboard views have been implemented. It includes summary statistic, study progression graph, and credit completion probabilities graph. In addition, users have the option to export all analysis related graphs for the future use. Based on the outcomes provided by the Analyst, the university successfully ran the interventions on the selected at-risk students and significantly increased the retention rate in the first study year.

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