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Review the Engagement Overview

The Engagement Overview shows all of the students in one course section, with each colored circle representing one student. Students are grouped into engagement buckets based on their individual engagement scores. These buckets are Very Low, Low, Average, High, and Very High. The result is a heat map displaying your students’ range of relative engagement, with average engagement in the center, below average engagement to the left, and above average engagement to the right.

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Sort the Engagement Overview

By default, the Engagement Overview is sorted by student engagement.

The student population is visually organized by engagement across the section. Beneath the heat map, you’ll find the number of students in each engagement bucket.

This view is useful for quickly identifying students with below average engagement habits.

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To sort the Engagement Overview by cumulative course grade, click the light gray A+ icon above the heat map.

This view shows the student population visually organized by cumulative course grade. Beneath the heat map, you will see the number of students in each grade range (A, B, C, D or below).

This view is useful for seeing how grades align with engagement habits and which students are experiencing a misalignment.

Identify outliers in the Engagement Overview

Course success is typically defined as finishing the course with an A, B, or C for undergraduate students and an A or B for graduate students. Student engagement is usually highly correlated with successful course completion. In some instances, there is a misalignment between student engagement and course grade. These are considered to be outliers.

To identify outliers in your course section:

  1. Sort the Engagement Overview by cumulative course grade by clicking the light gray A+ icon above the heat map.
  2. Locate individual students where the relationship between engagement and course grade is misaligned. These are students with a low engagement score and a high course grade or those with a low course grade despite a high engagement score.

After identifying outliers, get a fuller picture of student behaviors by exploring student profiles (accessed by clicking on students’ icons in the heat map or their names in the Student List) in Inspire for Faculty, looking at your LMS data, and using your knowledge of the student’s behavior.

Ask yourself:

  • What has the student’s engagement trend been?
  • Could a downward trend be an indicator of future challenge?
  • Is the student engaging with course material offline?
  • Is the course material familiar or too easy for the student?
  • Are the grades reflective of the student’s effort?

For these outliers, you will want to consider all of the factors that affect the student’s experience at your institution. Monitor student progress over the next few weeks and send a positive reinforcement email as activity trends change.

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