Over the past decade I have sought to find ways to turn this aspiration of mine into student learning experience in my classes through my teaching and curriculum development.
Physics is probably one of the areas where the dust of traditional teaching takes somewhat more effort to clear than in most other disciplines.
The Dashboard: Informed Teaching
Jurgen Schulte, Rob Worthington, Susan Gibson,
Kathie Egea, Simon Buckingham Shum, Michael Rothery
This project has finally taken off after a few years of simmering and maturing in the slow cooker. The Dashboard project is a collaboration with UTS Business Intelligence – Data Warehouse, the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning adn the Connected Intelligence Centre. The Dashboard is designed to bring student centered real-time whole course (subject) information at the fingertip of every course (subject) coordinator across the institution. Well informed teachers present well designed lectures. The Dashboard provides real-time and historic information on class specific demographics such as enrollment pattern, student performance, enrollment pathways and with the next upgrade UAC and UTSOnline engagement patterns. The project commenced in November 2015, entered beta-testing in September 2016. We deployed the tool university-wide to some 900 course (subject) coordinators in early 2017.
The Dashboard tool has now entered its second stage of development where it is been fully integrated into the unversity’s LMS which allows us to draw in more data on student and course activities. The LMS integrated Dashboard has entered trial phase in late 2017 and, in 2018, is being piloted for performance and UX.