Nottingham Trent win Advance HE award for student dashboard

The student engagement team have created a platform which creates a unique digital learner profile

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) student engagement team have won an award from Advance HE.

The professional body awarded 14 other higher education institutions a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) for improvements to learning support.

The team from Nottingham Trent have been credited for developing the NTU Student Dashboard, a learning analytics platform.


Read more: Advance HE announce CATE winners


The dashboard uses data, like a student’s use of library resources, to create a unique digital learner profile. Since 2014, the dashboard has measured more than 1.7 million student log-ins.

Our focus on engagement, not demographics or risk of failure, and the sharing of data between students and staff has created a positive, nuanced application of technology to support learning
– Prof Eunice Simmons, NTU

It allows educators to track how learners interact with their studies. The team’s research has found a strong correlation between engagement and student outcomes. The system can even alert the team to those most at-risk of dropping out.

Developed in partnership with Solutionpath, student and staff engagement has been critical, the team say, to the platform’s development.

Prof Eunice Simmons, deputy vice-chancellor for academic and student affairs at NTU, said: “There is no doubt that NTU’s award-winning student dashboard is changing the learning and teaching landscape.

“Our focus on engagement, not demographics or risk of failure, and the sharing of data between students and staff has created a positive, nuanced application of technology to support learning.”


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