Yellowdig collects, compiles, and displays a range of interesting learner data that can be used to learn about what students find interesting, what might need to be better covered in class, and how individual students are engaging with the materials or the rest of their class. This might give you more information about Topics you need to cover more in class or suggest individual students to reach out to so that you can see whether they might be struggling with a Topic.
These data are mostly housed in the Dashboard and Admin tabs. They can both be accessed by selecting the board of interest from the pull down at the top of the screen and opening the board, then looking below the course name and selecting the Dashboard or Admin tab.
Dashboard: Course Report
The Course Report is the first page that will open when you open the Dashboard, and it features a table showing Points, Pins, Comments, and Votes Given/Received for each individual student in a board. Instructors can click on the column headings within this table (e.g., points) to sort by that information type and reveal those who are above and below the board average.
Dashboard: Individual Student Reports
The course report shows some high-level information for each student. If, as an instructor, you are interested in learning more about a specific student's effort and outcomes, you can click on their name within the Course Report. That will show a student's individual performance dashboard. This is the only view that an individual student will see when they access the Dashboard. They will not be able to view any other student's metrics and will not see the Course Report or the Topic Analysis described in this article. The bottom row of metrics on the individual user dashboards do not strongly influence Yellowdig points or the resulting grades that are passed to the LMS. However, these metrics let you and the students know how their effort compares to the rest of the class and, depending on how the point system is setup for your class, may be useful in thinking about how they can improve their own Pin Quality or Network Influence. Improving these metrics does usually help learners earn more points.
Dashboard: Topic Analysis
Once inside the Dashboard tab, you can access the Topic Analysis by using the dropdown on the right hand side of the screen, above where it says "Dashboard View," and selecting "Topic Analysis." The first data visualization in the Topic Analysis window allows professors to see which Topics are being discussed the most and least. This view can help instructors identify which topics are most interesting and attracting the most discussion and attention. The second visualization is a "heat map" arranged by user by learner, allowing a professor to easily see if any learner is highly concentrated on one specific topic.
One of the most difficult aspects of measuring learning is knowing whether students are actually engaging with specific information within a course. A Professor can alleviate this problem by setting up mandatory Topics and reviewing the Topic Analysis information for the course. The Topic bar graph and heat map will show whether the class or individual students are engaging with specific content and help achieve some "Assurance of Learning" for course topics.
When students engage with a Topic, it is much more likely that they are thinking and learning about that topic. Not engaging with a Topic, aside from possibly showing a lack of personal interest, is usually a sign that a student is not be as comfortable discussing that particular topic because they do not have as deep of an understanding of it.
Note: Board administrators will be provided a chart when 8 or more topics have been used within the board (seen below). The chart provides the ability to select which 8 topics are displayed within the heat map.
Admin Tab: In-Depth Metrics and Data Export Downloads
As the board owner or administrator, you can access more in-depth and historical views of points and activity in the "Admin" tab, which also support download activity reports within specified timeframes.