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Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes

Find out how to use data science to deliver better outcomes for your students. Join this free online course from AACTE.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes

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Why join the course?

This free online course will help you to use data science to deliver better outcomes for your students.

Each week will focus on a different aspect of data. You will identify sources and interpret them, determine their implications and establish actions for improvement.

Week 1 – Improvement Science

We will consider: different sources and types of data; ways to improve student outcomes; improvement processes in your own context and professional experience; and real-world examples of improving student outcomes.

Week 2 – Findings

We will discuss: how to present and evaluate data effectively; the difference between data and findings; the role of ethics in data handling and sharing; and the relationship required between data, findings and actions, to achieve continuous improvement.

Week 3 – Actions

We will explore: different indicators for measuring improvement; how to collect sample data and select the appropriate indicator; and how to present indicators and actions to your students.

Learn with expert educators from AACTE

The course has been developed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) – the premier voice on educator preparation in the United States.

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsAll around us, organisations are collecting and using our data in ways that were unimaginable 15 years ago. And as they collect more and more data, the smartest businesses are investing in analytics to make sense of it. Teams of data scientists are exploring huge datasets to understand their users’ behaviour and make important decisions. Your favourite video streaming services use your viewing habits to decide what new programmes to fund. Online stores use your purchase history to predict what you’re most likely to buy, and when you’re going to buy it. But you don’t have to work for a tech giant in Silicon Valley to understand how to make data work for you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds YOU can use data to improve YOUR education program, and I’ll tell you how, in this free online course. I’m Linda McKee from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. I’m the Senior Director of Quality Support Initiatives and I’ll be your lead educator. I work with national and international teacher training organisations to design professional learning. In this collaborative course, we’ll teach you how to use data to make wide-reaching and lasting improvements, whatever your project. One thing is clear - it’s not enough to simply gather data. You need to know what to DO with it. So join our global collective of professionals, take part in the discussions, and let’s learn together about how to use data to improve student outcomes.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Improvement Science

  • Identifying different sources and types of data
  • Ways to improve student outcomes
  • Improvement processes in your own context and professional experience
  • Real-world examples of improving student outcomes

Week 2 – Findings

  • How to present and evaluate data effectively
  • The difference between data and findings
  • The role of ethics in data handling and sharing
  • The relationship required between data, findings and actions, to achieve continuous improvement

Week 3 – Actions

  • Different indicators for measuring improvement
  • How to collect sample data and select the appropriate indicator
  • How to present indicators and actions to students

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify data sources and recognise different types of data.
  • Recognise and discuss different methods for improvement initiatives.
  • Interpret case studies and discuss improvement processes within your own context and professional experience.
  • Explain the relationship between data, findings and actions required in order to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Describe the difference between data and findings.
  • Produce findings from a sample set of data.
  • Evaluate and discuss the different approaches taken in example data dashboards.
  • Identify and select the most appropriate indicators for measuring improvement.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professional educators, as well as those working in other professional services like health, who wish to use data science to improve outcomes.

Who will you learn with?

Amanda Lester

Amanda Lester is the Associate Director for Member Engagement and Support at AACTE. She has extensive experience as an educator and with leading programs and improvement science initiatives.

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1948, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national alliance of educator preparation dedicated to offering high-quality, evidence-based programs

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $79 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Closing the loop
    Closing the loop
    article

    The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education explain why it's important to 'close the loop' in any improvement initiative.

  • Displaying data and communicating data effectively
    Displaying data and communicating data effectively
    article

    In this article, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education give their view on how to communicate data findings clearly.

  • Acting on findings
    Acting on findings
    video

    Linda McKee from AACTE explains how to decide what actions to take after collecting and analysing data.