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This is a brownbag lunch session. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

In an age of learning management systems, online gradebooks and homework, discussion forums, and clickers, the progress of a college course generates a rich, deep stream of data. Learning analytics aims to put this information to use; first to learn more about how teaching and learning happens, and then to improve it. Timothy McKay will share insights with us from the ECoach project at the University of Michigan.

McKay’s team looked at learning analytics then extensively interviewed students who were doing better and worse than predicted, to learn more about student success. The team then shared their findings with students, but how did they do that in an efficient manner?

The ECoach project was developed to give students tailored communication in a way that they would listen. Public health professionals have found great success using similar tools. Come here more about how Michigan is motivating students to learn more effectively.

McKay is part of the TEACHxperts speaker series.

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Timothy McKay is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.

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He has helped to develop a personlized learning tool that is used at the University of Michigan and is being rolled out at other campuses across the country. He works with the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, an innovation space for exploring the personalization of education, and launching the NSF funded REBUILD project. REBUILD is an interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering the creation of intergenerational research teams including undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and faculty who will apply a scientific, evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology and math.


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