Introducing the Student Engagement Dashboard

May 11th, 2021

The Student Engagement Dashboard has been developed to help colleagues identify students who require extra pastoral or academic support. It is currently being used in the Faculty of Science and will be rolled out to the rest of the university for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

The dashboard compiles existing data relating to a student’s submitted Moodle assignments and use of digital learning tools, providing an overview of their academic engagement. It will be accessible to senior tutors and a small team of colleagues within each school with responsibility for academic engagement and wellbeing. 

A lack of academic engagement can be indicative of a student who is struggling – either with their studies or general wellbeing. This data will enable colleagues to reach out with an offer of support in a much more proactive, timely fashion, which is something that students indicated they’d like to see during last year’s student survey. Personal tutors may also be asked to reach out to their tutees with an offer of support, based on data from the dashboard. 

The dashboard currently compiles data from the following systems: 

  • Microsoft Teams: meeting attendance data 
  • Moodle: frequency of use, number of submitted/late assignments  
  • Echo 360: frequency of use 

This data, along with what we know about a student’s individual study behaviours, will be used to identify students who may require support. 

If you are concerned about the wellbeing of a tutee, you will be able to request a copy of their engagement data from your senior tutor or a member of your school’s Engagement Team. If they spot any cause for concern, they may provide you with a copy of the data to inform your conversation with the student. At this point students will not be able to access the dashboard directly but will be able to request a copy of their data by emailing once their faculty has adopted the dashboard. Requests will be processed within two weeks and a copy of the data will be sent to the student’s personal tutor for information. 

The Student Engagement Dashboard will be used for welfare purposes only. It will not impact grades or assessments.  

In addition to school engagement teams, our Visas and Immigration Team will also have access to the dashboard to support the monitoring requirements of UK Visas and Immigration. 

The dashboard will be rolled out to the rest of the university over the coming months, with the aim to have small engagement teams installed in every school/department by September 2021. Faculty staff will receive direct communications pertaining to the implementation of the dashboard in the coming months. We will also be communicating with all students about the dashboard on Thursday 13 May. 

Further development of the dashboard to extend the information it receives and enhance its use will take place across 2021-2022, in consultation with staff and students across the University. 

The university’s privacy information reflects our use of student engagement data.  

If you have any questions about the Student Engagement Dashboard, please consult the FAQs for personal tutors and the FAQs for students.

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