Key Data & Analytics for Successful Online Transitions at Community Colleges

Main Focus Areas to Consider:
Equity, Data, Engagement.

Recent crises & campus closures around the world have raised the importance of effective online learning to an all-time high. We want to support community colleges by addressing some of the concerns, challenges & solutions your institution might be facing during persisting online transitions.

Not understanding the useful information contained in your data could be the only thing standing between your institution & the answers to these questions. We hope that coming together as a community can help shed new light on some of the helpful online learning insights & higher-ed expertise to help shed new light on the great value of the data available at your organization.

Community college experts & educators across the country emphasize data analytics as the only comprehensive, effective, and accurate way to evaluate success measures & act on actionable insights. Colleges like yours are getting one step closer to using data for more engaged, successful & connected online learning communities.

Data-driven strategies are the best way to adapt in real-time & evolve your online approaches for immediate results & long-term success. We’ve learned that data can truly help solve any problems your college may be facing using analytics to empower cross-departmental teams at every level of your institution. Whatever those unique challenges may be, all answers & solutions can be found in the data.

Online Transition Challenges & Objectives
-Many colleges were unprepared for an immediate switch to 100% online learning and many still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of digital data to gather.
-Data-driven insights & comprehensive analytics support will be the best way to ensure your college can use all available data & actionable insights to improve your online approaches in real-time.
-The two most common challenges faced by remote students, faculty & staff include a need for more clear & consistent communication and a feeling of disconnection from their campus support resources and communities.
-Focusing on engagement & retention measures will help your team to achieve sustainable long-term solutions that support your team’s efforts to improve student success outcomes & distance learning functionality over time.

Data & Analytics for Sustainable Online Transitions
-Online readiness, campus connectivity support & student performance reporting relevant to distance learning initiatives
-Early Alert Reporting & Timely Intervention Keeping Online Communities Effective & Engaged
-Campus-Wide Access to Comprehensive Real-Time Academic Tracking Data
-Actionable Student Pathways Data & Course-Level Analytics for Success in New Online Environments

Data Support Needs at Community Colleges Like Yours
-Evaluating all useful reporting information available to your institution and making it more accessible to campus-wide teams
-Monitoring metrics more regularly (LMS, midterm grades)
-Improving connectivity increases engagement (see Odessa case study)
-Retention efforts & engagement measures should keep long-term objectives in mind while seeking to improve results for next semester
-Withdrawal rates & related analyses will be even more important in times of great change like these

Data-Driven Engagement & Comprehensive Analytics Solutions
-Student engagement efforts are made easier across departments through real-time progression tracking & campus-wide access to academic data
-Early alert reporting, risk factor profiles & timely targeted outreach facilitate more impactful student intervention interactions across campus
-Student engagement analytics & milestone success reporting make it easier for faculty & administrators to stay up-to-date on the present status of academic cohorts
-Campus-wide accessibility & online connectivity unite campus & online communities through a data-culture that shows one version of the truth

Use cases extend beyond IR, advising, administrative staff & faculty – data matters to every community on campus & connectivity is vital to supporting campus-wide increases in engagement, especially in new distance-learning environments.

A Stanford Study on the Efficacy of Online Learning found that students on teams accessed online courses five times as much as students working alone, who typically only got into the system once a week. On top of that, students with an online mentor logged on even more often.

For some great examples of how college educators can use data analytics to create meaningful change for students through a data-culture focused around engagement, check out our client case study with Odessa College.

We have also included a quick list of helpful questions & online resources below that we hope your team can use to achieve success in all your ongoing online transition efforts.

Key Support Questions for Faculty & Staff
– Are there certain groups of students who don’t do as well in online classes?
(e.g. low-income students, at-risk segments, etc.)
– How should faculty & administration keep distance learning students engaged?
– What long-term strategies does your institution have in place for data analytics & student support in digital & blended learning environments?
– What changes will your team need to make in order to successfully track results in real-time & adapt to meet the increasing need for online-ready academic programming at the institutional-level?

Helpful Resources for Online Learning
-Zogotech Direct Blog for Helpful Data Tips, Info & Resources
-Rice’s Remote Teaching Resources
-Inside Higher Ed Podcast with Experts Discussing How on Colleges are Coping
-Federal Student Aid Campus/Academic Interruption Resources

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