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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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