Learning consortium names CourseSmart Analytics most innovative product for tracking students' use of e-textbooks to ensure they're getting the most out of online materials.
Divine said the analytics are not intended to grade performance but to alert faculty members when a student needs some help, or a nudge. The analytics dashboard, based on the GoodData business intelligence platform, is intended as a tool to help faculty and administrators improve retention, learning outcomes and other measures of a university's success.
According to CourseSmart's own survey:
-- 75% of students agree/strongly agree that they are comfortable with the tool.
-- 70% of students believe CourseSmart Analytics will help improve engagement and student success.
-- 83% of faculty agree/strongly agree that CourseSmart Analytics will help them make more informed decisions about course materials.
-- 100% of administrators agree or strongly agree that CourseSmart Analytics will inform digital textbook platform use.
IMS Global said its judges were also impressed with CourseSmart Analytics, picking it from a field of about 50 entrants. "This is a very difficult competition to win -- and has a reputation as such -- because evidence of educational improvement is required," IMS CEO Rob Abel said in an email, adding that it was different from something like a Codie Award where "cool products" can win. "We've had several cases where products that won major other prizes did not even make finalist."
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