Distributed Learning for K12 Part 4: Analyze

In this brief blog series we'll be discussing the concept of Distributed Learning. What it is, the impact it has on K12 education, best practices for use in your school/district and other useful tips and tricks. Before diving into this post it might prove helpful to start at the beginning. Part 1part 2 and part 3

Analyze. Analysis. Analytics. 

We realize that a lot of our brains just shut off at the mention of any one of those words. But stick with us here...

You've now come to the part of the process where you as school and district leaders can begin to reap the fruits of your labor. 

Reviewing your distributed learning data

When we think about distributed learning and how we can best utilize all of the data it generates, arguably the most critical step in the process is to examine and interpret the data that you've collected.

This is not something that will blow anyone's mind but it's also worth spending some time discussing it.

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You can't rush this part of the process. Giving you and your team ample time is crucial to be able to discern patterns and habits of your learners. A few things you'll begin to see:

  • Learning styles - you'll see which kinds of content your students and teachers prefer to interact with
  • Effects - how an individual learners performance with one piece of content impacts the rest of their experiences
  • Learning habits - where they go to learn, how they like to learn and when they engage in learning activities
  • Efficacy - what content seems to be working for your learners and what content needs to be revisited and changed
  • Red flags - at-risk students are easy to identify and help because of the wealth of information at your fingertips

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Practically speaking

So, in theory, this might sound simple enough but how does this look in your average school in the US?

Going back to our example from part 2 (and above), determining efficacy of our content...

Perhaps you want to take a look at your Algebra course and the content that makes up all of the units and modules in it because your students underperformed throughout the year. 

Assuming you have the proper tools in place, you'll be able to review all the data that was generated across all students and teachers for that course.

From assignments and discussions down to individual questions on quizzes and tests you and your team will be able to identify problem areas within the course curriculum. 

What questions we're not effective (too easy, too hard, not relevant), what parts of the course were the students least engaged? Most engaged? Where did the teachers seem to struggle with communicating the curriculum to their students? What 3rd party tools were used most often?

All of those questions and more can be answered when you and your team take the time to analyze (ugh...we know...) that learning data.

If you take the time to do it correctly, you'll be helping your students and teachers thrive in a way like never before.

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Next week we'll dive into what you'll do next. Putting all of your insights into action!