Learner analytics student FAQs
Proposition: Research supports the simple notion that the more students are involved in their educational experience, the better they do.
What's UWE Bristol doing?: We're introducing a new system, MyEngagement, that will help you visualise how involved you are with your course and compare yourself to your peers. The UWE Bristol Learner Analytics video has been created to give you an overview of how the system will be used to support you.
Why is UWE Bristol introducing MyEngagement?
What do you track?
The MyEngagement system will record when you do any of the following:
- Logging on to Blackboard
- Viewing course content on Blackboard
- Handing in a piece of coursework
- Submitting coursework on Blackboard
- Taking out books from the library
- Viewing library e-resources and journals
- Viewing the online reading list
- Printing, scanning or photocopying documents
- Logging in to a UWE Bristol computer
How does it work?
Throughout the academic year, the data will be analysed using a web application called MyEngagement. All the data from all the students on a course will be aggregated into a 'typical' engagement level. Your data will then be compared to this 'typical' engagement level. The more you use the systems (detailed under 'What do you track') the higher your engagement score.
If you don't use the systems very often you may fall in to the
lower engagement categories. If this is the case for you the system
will send you an email outlining how UWE can help support you and
where to find support services. It might be that a member of staff
will contact you to make sure you're ok and if you have any
questions or concerns. The only reason you will be called is to see
how we can help - sometimes it's nice to not have to start the
conversation yourself. If you do want some support the Student
Support Advisers will be able to advise, book you an appointment or
even refer you to another service if necessary.
How will this help me?
By being able to view a picture of your engagement with UWE Bristol resources we can take a proactive step to support you. One of the first signs that a student may require support is a drop in their engagement with their course. This is not about checking up on you and nobody will ever be disciplined for low engagement. Different people engage in different ways. This is just so we can support our students and no students will ever be disciplined for low engagement.
We know that the earlier we are able to support students, the more successful they can be.
What requirements are there on me?
When I go to log on to MyEngagement I am being asked to register for Multi-factor authentication - what does this mean?
When you first log on to the system you will be required to register with Multi Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA is an additional layer of security that adds phone verification to your password and you will need to register in order to access MyEngagement.
Further information on MFA is included in the 'User Access' section of the Learner Analytics Guide.
Is there an attendance recording aspect to this?
I'm an adult, why are you checking up on me?
The MyEngagement system isn't about checking up on you. We understand that people may sometimes find it difficult to ask for help when they need it and even if they are able to do so, they might not know where to go or what help is available to them. By having an eye on your engagement, we can reach out to you if necessary and offer support in a confidential and timely manner.
If you would like support then we will do our best to help and we won't enter anything on to the system without your consent. The system is only here to benefit you by allowing us to offer support at an earlier stage.
No students will be penalised for having a low engagement level.
What's the SU's position on this?
Did you consult with students about this?
How do I see my data?
How will you use my data in the future (e.g. as benchmarking) and how long will it be retained?
Who will my data be shared with?
Key members of staff within Professional Services will be able to see the data so that they are able to step in and provide advice and support if needed. Programme Leaders, Module Leaders and Academic Personal Tutors will also be able to see the data for the same reason but they will be able to see their students only.
You will also have access to your data but not that of other students.
Can I opt out?
The data that we are using is information the university is already collecting but should you not wish your data to be used in this way you do have the right to opt-out.
In regards to your personal data held by UWE you have the right to:
- access it
- receive it in a structured machine readable format (data portability)
- rectify it if it is not accurate or complete
- erase it
- restrict its processing
- withdraw any consent provided or otherwise object to its processing
- complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
To find out more or to exercise any of these rights please contact the Student Support Advisers by making an appointment at any UWE InfoPoint.
You should also read UWE's Student Data Privacy Notice.