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Monitoring student learning

Regardless of the mode of delivery, the course you have designed requires regular monitoring and evaluation throughout the teaching period to ensure the learning journey planned is achieving the intended outcomes, and the students are on track to achieve learning success. This enables an opportunity for both students and teaching staff make adjustments to areas that may not being achieving the desired plan.

The following web pages include information, approaches and strategies to support you in understanding the role of monitoring engagement in learning, engaging in a range of ways to gather information and enabling opportunities to maximise student learning through regular monitoring of their progress.

The following information can assist you with implementing the above, and support your ongoing professional development and learning needs:

Considerations for quality teaching practices

Quality teaching practices includes the monitoring of student engagement and learning.  Do you know the answer to the following?

Monitoring student learning

  • Do you know what your areas of your learning content student are engaging with?
  • Do you know what areas of social learning your students are engaging with?

Processes for monitoring

  • What processes do you use to gather information on your students learning progress?

Quality monitoring practices

  • When and how often in the teaching period do you monitor student learning progress?
  • What strategies do you use to maximise opportunities for success for students identified ‘at risk’?

Technologies to support monitoring

  • Are you utilising the reporting tools in Moodle to support your monitoring needs?

Achieving the BOLD learning and teaching practices

The BOLD Learning and Teaching Practices provide clear guidelines to support teaching practices for different delivery/study modes, opportunities for self-assessment and reflection on current teaching practices, and opportunities for collaborative discussion with peers and learning designers to enhance online teaching practices.  The minimum course expectations for monitoring student progress are outlined in Focus Area 05.

View the BOLD Learning and Teaching Practices.

Focus Area 05 | Student progress, assessment and feedback

5.3 Learner progress is monitored.

5.4 Learners can monitor their own progress online

5.11 The Grades tool has been appropriately configured.

5.12 The Grades tool is used for recording assessments.

Professional development opportunities

CTIQ offers the following ongoing professional development opportunities to support teaching staff with ways to monitor student learning and engagement in all delivery modes:

  • L&T Webinars – Virtual | Quarterly. Check out the virtual webinars offered throughout the year to support the monitoring of student learning and engagement.
  • L&T Workshops – Virtual or face-to-face | On request. Workshops can be organised for your School or Discipline to address your specific monitoring of student learning needs for all learning environments. View the School specific PD ‘menu’ for some examples. Contact your Associate Dean of Teaching Quality or School/CTIQ Learning Designer to see what is, or can be, organised for delivery in your area.
  • Learning Technology Hub - Online | Just-in-time. Information on how to use a range of functions within supported learning technologies to enhance your monitoring practices
  • Professional Learning Modules – Online | self-paced | certificate issued on completion. The following modules are currently available. Further modules are currently under development.
    • PLM701: Monitoring engagement in online learning
    • PLM702: Maintaining online motivation
    • PLM703: Collecting informal feedback from online students
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Tertiary Education) – This postgraduate award course is designed to support tertiary teachers deliver quality, contemporary teaching practices in the higher education setting. Modules on monitoring learning include the likes of: Student engagement, retention and success, Student diversity and equity, and Teaching with impact..