#BbWorld16 – Mining for Gold in your Institution’s Blackboard Learn Data

Analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and their environments.

Faculty and students are most interested in

San Diego State University Learning Analytics Study

  • President level initiative
  • Goal, identify effective interventions driven by learning analytics “triggers”
  • Multiple triggers include: LMS Access, Grades, Online Homework
  • Focused on high need courses
  • Reference: EDUCAUSE Presentation Slides

Research Study Plan

  1. Identify courses and recruit instructors
  2. Prior to course start, review syllabus, meaningful “triggers” for each course (e.g. Attendance, graded items, Bb use, etc.)
  3. Run reports in Bb, online homework, quiz, identify students with low activity or performance
  4. Send “flagged” student in experimental group a notification/intervention (friendly reminder send by the instructor)
  5. Aggregate data and analyze


  • Triggers vary by course and by section were found
  • Highly effective in courses with high LMS use
  • High school GPA is a good predictor of success, LMS usage overtook the predictor after 2 weeks
  • Interventions didn’t make a difference in learning outcomes – found low reach of intervention messages (75% opened and only 35% clicked on link in email)

New Intervention – Supplemental Instruction

  • Using supplemental instruction (participated in optional sessions led by peer) was shown dramatic results in improvement

How can course design influence student success (via Bb Analytics for Learn) via UMBC:

  • Usage of Blackboard (content – syllabus, documents, videos, textbooks, interactive tools – discussion, chats, blogs, wikis, assessment – grades, assignments, quizzes)
  • Key finding:

    “students were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to earn a C or better when the Grade Center was used”

  • Retention by Learn Risk Profile – High Grades and High Engagement is Key

Data Sources available in Bb:


One thought on “#BbWorld16 – Mining for Gold in your Institution’s Blackboard Learn Data

  1. Pingback: Highlights from #BbWorld16 | eLearning and Emerging Technologies @GVSU

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s