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UEL highlights success from using data to support students

For the last three years, the University of East London has been using data and analytics learning to help improve students' outcomes.

The project is part of a collaboration with Civitas Learning, the University of West London, Buckinghamshire New University and Northumbria University to progress students' outcomes through data-driven personalised learning experiences.

Universities are facing increasing demands from students, parents, and policy makers alike to offer a supportive and personalised experiences.

The initiative has allowed the University to analyse and underpin action with data to enable better outcomes for our student body, and better outcomes for the university. After three years of working with learning analytics, the university has seen a 3 per cent increase in student retention.

Dr Charles Prince, Director at the Centre for Student Success, formed part of a panel to discuss findings and lessons learned from the first three years of the collaborative journey.

The Centre for Student Success is an academic and employability unit that supports students from the Induction to Post-Graduation and beyond. It offers a range of services from academic tutoring and mentoring to career coaching and employment opportunities.

The day-long symposium, Beyond EdTech, included a case study from UEL highlighting the success it had using the data.

“By engaging with learning analytics, we can start to have important conversations about the impact of the work we are doing in quantifiable measures that addresses value for money,” Dr Prince said.

He added: “The technology helps us offer help to students at the right times, ensuring they succeed on their course and have the pastoral support outside the lecture theatre. It enables a more enhanced human-to-human interaction instead of a replacement.”

“We saw a 74 per cent increase in the number of students engaging with our service in 2018/19 compared to the previous year. 4,595 students engaged with our academic tutoring service in 2018/19 and right now we have surpassed that to over 6,000 students in just the first term.”