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Abstract Title: Understanding and Supporting Faculty Use of Large Educational Data
Abstract: Universities have rich, large data sets on their students, from placement exams to course registration to demographics, that can be used to improve teaching. Placing educational data in the hands of faculty and allowing them to explore these data has been of interest for many stakeholders in the past few years, with the hopes that faculty will use these data to improve their teaching. Although these data have the potential to be powerful for improving STEM education, data are only as good as their analysis and application.  Using 15 interviews taken at one institution, we studied what compels faculty to seek out university-collected educational data, what they hope to gain from the data and what challenges they face. This poster includes suggestions from the interviewees on how advocates of educational data usage can support faculty usage of these data.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexis V. Knaub
Western Michigan University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ben Koester, University of Michigan
Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
Timothy McKay, University of Michigan