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ERIC Number: EJ1148588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2374-1473
Disconnected Data: The Challenge of Matching Activities to Outcomes for Students with Disabilities in Online Learning
Connell, Michael W.; Johnston, Sam Catherine; Hall, Tracey E.; Stahl, William
Journal of Online Learning Research, v3 n1 p31-54 May 2017
Within blended learning environments, the availability and analysis of student data has emerged as a central issue. For struggling students, data generated by digital learning systems present new opportunities to investigate critical success factors. In reality, many seemingly basic questions about persistence, progress, and performance of these learners in online environments may not be readily answered using extant data. This research inquiry generated insight into the practical challenges related to data identification, acquisition, and analysis that are faced by stakeholders seeking to assess the impact of online learning environments on student outcomes. The intent was to investigate the feasibility of and identify barriers to creating a unified student record--that is, a single data set combining data on student demographics, activity, and academic performance drawn from different information systems--that might be used to identify salient factors associated with more or less successful student outcomes. This two-phase investigation highlighted key barriers that are important to address in future research efforts and engendered a series of recommendations that could eliminate some of the current challenges to data acquisition and analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: H327U110011