Taking a college course is a journey, and each student ends up charting a unique path through the assigned materials — bits of lectures that resonate, chance conversations with classmates, the parts of a textbook actually consumed.
With more courses happening online, colleges now can track those individual journeys more precisely. Such tracking is known as “learning analytics,” and it’s how administrators at Utah State University created a single graphic that depicts all the student activity from a recent online course. When I met one of the top officials from the university at the big ed-tech conference held by Educause, this image is what he was excited to show me, as if it held the solution to a longstanding riddle he was working to decode. He called it “the spider graphic.”
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