Learning Analytics is the study of students as learners through a process of systematic collection, exploration, and analysis of data describing students, their observable activities, and outcomes. The strategic planning process for IUB identified an objective to empower our faculty with analytics. The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, in conjunction with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, is eager to facilitate a community of faculty engaged in the scholarly activity of understanding our current collection of data, suggesting new sources or models of data, and performing student learning research with that data.
Now in its second year, IUB's Student Learning Analytics Fellows Program is a community of scholars interested in using analytical data to further student achievement and success both within and across programs, departments, and schools. The Program is open to all full-time IUB faculty regardless of rank. Each Fellow will receive $2,000 in research funds, plus, if needed, a license for Tableau, software that enables the exploration of data and the sharing of discoveries through the use of dashboards and visualization tools. The Bloomington Assessment and Research (BAR) office will provide support to any Fellow who needs assistance with acquiring student records data, and in creating and using dashboards and other analytical tools within Tableau. Departmental support is necessary for annual maintenance of the Tableau software license beyond the first year.
You can find out more about the Student Learning Analytics Fellows Program at the SLAF main page.
Call for Participation
Proposals should focus on explorations in courses taught by the Fellow, or courses taught in the Fellow’s department. Collaborative proposals are encouraged, especially if they address questions of interdisciplinary programs – another key element of the strategic plan. Multiple proposals from the same department may be funded as long as the questions being asked are substantially different. We are particularly interested in questions surrounding student success and retention through graduation, with a preference for lines of inquiry that suggest relationships between activities and learning in one course that are linked to outcomes in other courses.
Fellows will be expected to meet approximately once a month during spring and fall semesters of 2017, sharing their ongoing research and receiving feedback from their peers. All Fellows will be required to submit a final report during the fall 2017 semester. The report should describe the results of the study as well as the possibilities for acting on those findings or for conducting further research. Fellows will also disseminate their initial results at a showcase event or similar venue for a wider audience of faculty during the 2017 fall semester.
Deadline and Submission
Proposals are limited to three pages and should describe in adequate detail the main research question(s), the type of data to be analyzed, the research methodology, as well as any special support required to complete the project. In addition, a letter of support from the departmental chair should articulate how the proposed project helps both the faculty fellow and the department further student success and learning at IUB. All of this must be submitted by the deadline at the top of this page.
All full-time faculty members of Indiana University Bloomington are eligible to apply. Please include the following materials in your proposal, and in this order:
- Cover sheet with the following information
- Title of project
- Name and department/school
- Email address for contact purposes
- Abstract - A summary of your project in 300 words or less.
- Project Description - In no more than three, single-spaced pages, please describe your research project. Please include:
- Purpose of the investigation along with specific research objectives the type of data that will be analyzed
- Significance and impact the study may have upon undergraduate learning
- Anticipated outcomes from the work and how they will contribute to the success of student learning at Indiana University, whether that be within a course, a curriculum, a program, or institutionally
- Research methodology
- Means by which you will measures the success of your project
- Previous research results when applicable
- Short CV - maximum of 4 pages
- Nominating letter - from the dean, department chair, or unit head
Information and Assistance
For questions concerning the Student Learning Analytics Fellows Program or support in conducting scholarly research on student learning, please contact George Rehrey at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.
You can view the projects of current and past Fellows at the program's main page.
For specific questions concerning Tableau and the availability of analytical data please contact Linda Shepard at the Office of Bloomington Assessment and Research.