Blackboard’s New Early Warning Analytics Product

Michael Feldstein, Mar 20, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Feldstein summarizes Blackboard's new "early warning system." As Blackboard CEO Ray Henderson writes, the system "gives critical insight on learning and activity gaps to instructors, within the LMS, that helps them quickly diagnose students that are falling behind. Pre-configured and automatic so they don’t have to hunt for it. No set-up: it automatically calls out students that are at risk while instructors still have time and space to do something about it." Basically the system measures logins, course activity, grades and missed deadlines. No doubt this information is useful, but that seems to be a pretty low bar to be called 'analytics'.

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