Online Learning is Now Ubiquitous
The transition to remote and hybrid learning during the pandemic sparked a shift in student expectations—according to EducationData.org, enrollment at primarily online institutions saw a 7% increase in 2020, compared to a 4.5% decline at traditional universities.1 Students are more comfortable with online learning than ever before, and many are making the choice to stay virtual for the foreseeable future.
With many colleges and universities planning to continue some form of online instruction in 2021 and beyond, institutions need to find new strategies to measure student engagement and success. In order to understand what’s working and what’s not—and how to better allocate resources in a distance learning environment—administrators can leverage one tool that’s already in their toolbox: their LMS.
LMS data provides invaluable information about the student experience online, making it a powerful tool for administrators looking to implement effective policies in an increasingly remote world. Here are four ways to leverage LMS data to improve learning outcomes:
Redesign courses by measuring success engagement
Improve student engagement
Integrate with SIS data to improve retention
Make policies based on actionable intelligence
Taking Steps for Student Success
It can be hard to know why students are struggling in a remote world. But when you know how students are engaging with your LMS, you have greater insight into their learning experience—allowing you to make smarter choices about how to best reach your unique student population.
Even while an end to the pandemic appears to be on the horizon, Experts predict that online learning is here to stay.2 Although a slow and steady return to the classroom is likely in the coming months, the global pandemic has taught us that a well-designed, data-driven LMS is invaluable, especially in the new hybrid-learning world, which is shaping up to be the future of higher education.
1 (2021) Distance Learning Statistics : Online Education Trends. In: EducationData. https://educationdata.org/online-education-statistics. Accessed 8 Apr 2021
2 The COVID-19 pandemic has changed education forever. This is how. In: World Economic Forum.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-education-global-covid19-online-digital-learning/. Accessed 8 Apr 2021
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