MyProgress Dashboard

This page is for students. If you are a tutor, please click here.

Walk through the demonstration below to find out more about the dashboard, the data it displays, and how it can help you reach your goals this academic year!

The My Progress Dashboard is here!

The My Progress dashboard is a new, bespoke tool that the University is launching in September 2018. The dashboard, which will be available through the iExeter app, has been developed with students in mind, to help you track your progress and achieve your academic goals.

What do tutors think?

Your tutor may choose to use the dashboard to help you both reflect on your academic progress. Below is a video of Dr Stuart Robinson, Director of the MBA, explaining how he plans to use the dashboard to help his tutees from September. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the My Progress Dashboard?

The My Progress dashboard displays information to enable you and your tutor to see and discuss how you’re progressing academically and your involvement with University life. It displays assessment grades, employability data, attendance and engagement.  It has been developed in consultation with tutors and students.

Who has access to the My Progress Dashboard?

Only you and your Academic Personal Tutor can see your dashboard.

How can the My Progress dashboard help my tutor?

My Progress can help your tutor to support your academic progress by providing him or her better information on your progress.

If you give your consent, your tutor will have access to your engagement, employability and grades data as well as your attendance in the same format as My Progress. This can be used to provide a focus for conversations between the two of you.

It is important to note that engagement data will always have a degree of inaccuracy, and is simply used to help your tutor guide you through difference resources and support your learning style.

Why can’t I see my grades, employability or engagement data?

If you can only see meeting notes and attendance data, this means that you haven’t given your consent to the use of learning analytics to calculate your engagement score or to share it with your tutor. You will not be penalised in any way if you do not grant your consent, but if you wish to change it at any time follow the link here.

Who sees the meeting notes?

Only you and your current academic personal tutor have access to this page to view and add meeting notes. Meeting notes should be constructive and purposeful. They should not include opinions or subjective language. They may include:

  • The focus of the meeting (routine or to discuss a particular issue)
  • The main issues discussed; if these are personal then don’t go into detail, instead use general terms such as ‘personal issue’ or ‘health issue’
  • Any referrals or signposting in detail, including who is going to action it (e.g. ‘student to contact Accessability’ or ‘I will contact module lead’)

You and/or your tutor should enter a summary of each meeting.

In the case of a comment absolutely needing to be removed (e.g. it was recorded in the wrong record or is inappropriate) contact SID .

Why can’t I see my grades?

Assessment grades are imported from SRS. The timescale is dependent on the procedure your course has to upload data to SRS. During exam periods all marks are hidden to prevent provisional exam marks being accidentally released.

All grades are provisional.

What does the attendance tab show?

Attendance is defined as the activity of physically attending scheduled teaching sessions which may include attendance at lectures or attendance at group learning activities such as seminars, tutorials, practicals and clinical skills sessions.

Attendance data is imported from the Exeter University attendance database and can only indicate present, absence and authorised absence. 

What is the Engagement Profile?

The engagement profile is intended to encourage strategies and activities that have been shown to correlate with academic achievement and has no input into your assessments.  ELE, iExeter and Career Zone events engagement represent engagement with course materials, university life and activities that boost academic development and employability.  

It is of course possible to game the system by clicking on ELE every 5 minutes without looking at the material however this gives you no advantages and obviously won’t help you succeed on your course!

Learning styles and strategies vary enormously and you should use the methods that work best for you. If this isn’t captured by the engagement profile then that is absolutely fine. If you’re not sure what the best strategies are for you then talk to your tutor or  attend an academic skills drop in session.

How is the engagement profile calculated?

Based on local data mining research, the engagement profile consists of the following data sources:

Events – the number of career hub events that students attend (not just register) per week

iExeter – the number of menu choices that are made on the iExeter app (mobile or desktop) by a student per day

ELE – the number of minutes per day a student is using ELE pages associated specifically with the module being displayed. This is calculated from the number of interactions with ELE. Each interaction lasts for an average of 0.896 minutes, with an additional 0.985 minutes extra across the whole day if ELE has been accessed.

Engagement data points are calculated by multiplying the data by coefficients calculated from representative first year programmes within each college. Daily engagement is displayed as a weekly moving average.

Data set coefficients by College for the whole of the academic year 2018/19 are:

 

ELE

iExeter

Events

CLES

0.446

0.068

1.11

HUMS

0.356

0

0.247

CEMPS

0.063

0.093

0.289

SSIS

0.660

0.057

0.355

BS

0.188

0.028

0.387

UEMS

0.587

0.088

4.301

For each student a daily calculation is made for their College and stored in the data warehouse for display on the dashboards.

For example:

CLES student Jo Bloggs

Over the last 7 days: Used ELE for average of 20 minutes per day, accessed average of 5 different menu choices on iExeter each day and attended an average of 6 career hub events in the last week

Score: (20 *0.446) + (5 *0.068) + (6 * 1.11)  = 10.21

What is Learning Analytics?

At the University of Exeter we already collect data including student grades and past academic history when you use systems such as ELE. Learning analytics combines this data together to help you with your studies.

The key principle of learning analytics is to be completely transparent about our use of your data, offering you the choice by explaining the consequences of opting in or out.

What kind of data is collected?

The University collects demographic information such as age, gender and nationality from all students at registration and with subsequent student updates.

The following data may be used for learning analytics, in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), and the General Data Protection Regulation which replaced the DPA in 2018, and more specifically in accordance with the Data Protection Principles, the University’s Data Protection Policy and Data Consent Notice:

  • Background information: your name, identifiers used by the Exeter, date of birth, ethnicity, gender, declared disabilities, contact details, whether your parents were in higher education, your socio-economic background, whether you are an overseas student, contact details, and a link to the photo we hold of you
  • Details about your course, the modules you are taking, and your tutors
  • Details of your assessments, marks and grades obtained
  • Details of your activity in ELE and other University systems
  • Details of your attendance at centrally timetabled teaching sessions

The Data Protection Act 1998 defines sensitive personal data as relating to information concerning racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union activities, physical or mental health, sexual life, or details of criminal offences. Use of this data is restricted under the act, and will only be collected and used for Learning Analytics if you grant explicit consent.

What choices do I have?

The University’s approach to the use of your data for learning analytics is one of ‘informed consent’. This means that you have to consent to the profiling of your data on your personalised My Progress dashboard.

This consent also means that based on the dashboard, your tutor may contact you to offer support in your studies. This consent is given each year at registration, and may be changed at any point during the year by following this link

If you choose not to grant consent, then your data will not be used to display engagement, grades or employability data on the My Progress dashboard for yourself, or for your tutor. It will however allow recording of meetings and display your attendance. You will not be penalised in any way if you do not grant your consent.

Is my personal information secure and safe?

The University adheres to existing data protection principles, respects privacy and uses personal information sensitively. Data will only be used for individualised learning analytics where there is likely to be an expected benefit to students’ learning and where you have granted explicit consent. Only those members of staff who have a professional requirement to support you are permitted to view the analytics about you individually. For example, Academic Tutors have access to their students’ data in order to provide appropriate support.

Your anonymised data is also combined with data about other students to help us improve our courses and to support students better overall. This data is not individually identifiable. It is stored in a central data warehouse managed by Exeter IT and hosted on servers in physically secure, multi-tenanted private cloud arrays in the European Economic Area.

When will the dashboard be available?

The enhanced My Progress dashboard will be available in iExeter to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the start of the 2018/19 academic year.

What if I have other questions?

You can find out more about the project, ask a question or record your views by accessing the My Progress Website.

For more information about the safety and security of information held about you see the full Effective Learning Analytics code of practice.

For more information about Data Protection, visit the Data Protection website.

You can change your consent at any time by following this link

Academic Research and Project Publications

Sonderlund, A. L., Hughes, E. A., & Smith, J. R. (in press) Effectiveness of academic learning analytics interventions: A systematic review. British Journal of Educational Technology.

A pre-print of the paper can be viewed via the Education Strategy online consultation platform

 

Boulton, C. A., Kent, C., Williams, H. T. P., Virtual learning environment engagement and learning outcomes at a ‘bricks-and-mortar’ university (2018) Computers & Education, 126, 129-142

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151830174X

 

Kent, C., Boulton, C. A., Williams, H. T. P., Towards Measurement of the Relationship between Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes at a Bricks-and-Mortar University (2017) MMLA-CrossLAK@LAK17: Vancouver, BC, Canada

http://dblp.org/db/conf/lak/mmla2017

 

Milward, Sue. Learning Analytics: The Emperor’s New Clothes?. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 76-77, oct. 2017. ISSN 2055-4990.

https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/article/view/640

 

This website is for students. If you are a tutor, please refer to the MyProgress tutor page

To find out more about consent for the MyProgress Dashboard, click here.

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