[Open-education] OU students' progress to be monitored by software

Marieke Guy marieke.guy at okfn.org
Wed Jul 29 13:49:39 UTC 2015

May be of interest to the group.

Students at the Open University are going to have their progress 
monitored by software to spot if they need any extra support. The 
scheme, developed by the OU, has been designed to observe students' 
paths through courses and engagement with online learning modules. The 
OU's Prof John Domingue told the BBC: "This has been developed as a tool 
for tutors to help students. "We are planning to use this data for 
students studying in 2015-16."

The program, called OU Analyse, was developed at the university during 
the 2013-14 academic year.

It uses a variety of data sets held by the OU and assesses the 
likelihood of a student submitting their next assignment by using 
information gathered from four different algorithms. The more algorithms 
that indicate the student will not send in their work - the higher the 
chance of that happening.




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