Using Academic Analytics to Support and Catalyze Transformation: RAC3
University of California Davis
University of Indiana Bloomington
The objective of RAC3 is to facilitate faculty use of learning analytics tools and technology in order to maximize student learning gains. Our hypothesis is that improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices at the course and program levels requires the ability to measure change in a useful and appropriate way. We cannot improve what we cannot measure. Currently, access to student data is limited and fragmented as are the tools and know-how needed to analyze the data. Once a critical mass of individuals and/or departments is supplied with and use data and analytic tools to measure change and inform decisions about student outcomes, evidence-based decisions and practice will become normalized. This shift to a culture of data and self-reflection is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for systemic change to occur.
Some early aspects of RAC3 were funded by an AAU grant. However, development and dissemination of a comprehensive suite of academic analytic tools and strategies for employing them will require significant investment of additional time and resources. Toward this end, RAC3 includes two complementary and linked initiatives.