When I Think of Student Success

Ellen Wagner, eLearning Roadtrip, Apr 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Good post from Ellen Wagner that is at once a history of successive programs from EDUCAUSE and the Gates Foundation on student advising and support services (variously the PAR, iPASS and IPAS) and at the same time a rumination on the concept of 'student success' itself. The software (and there are more than 100 offerings now) is part help-desk and part analytics, and is intended to help guide students to their ultimate objectives. "We are going to wonder how we managed to live without platforms that help visualize patterns, red-flag student risks before they become problems," she writes, but at the same time, the innovation here is not in the creation of the tools, but in the use of them to support students. Image: Ellen Wagner.

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