Friday, October 22, 2010

Purdue’s student achievement technology goes national

Students at Purdue University have developed an educational technology that they claim will "boost retention and success." The new tool, Course Signals, is intended to inform students of their grade status by using a color coded system that displays green when a student is passing, yellow when their grades are falling and red if they are failing. As of right now, Course Signals is becoming available through a partnership between Sunguard Higher Education, which is the same system as MyIWU. The cool thing about it is that the system will give tips and resources in whatever area may need improvement. The system seems like it is aimed towards college educators and students, but I don't feel like that is where it would be most effective. Yes, it would be nice to know grades in college, but I don't feel as though many professors would take the time to update something like this unless many students were in jeopardy. I believe this best place to utilize such a tool would be in a middle school or junior high setting, so students can learn to be accountable for themselves and learn to adjust and fix whatever the problems may be based on the suggestions.

1 comment:

eschmidt said...

I love the idea of course signals. I am continuously frustrated that I cannot check my grades and progress throughout the semester. It's truly unfair that we must wait until the very end of the semester to see our progress online. In high school, we could check our grades at least weekly. However, I agree with Annie, I don't think that most professors would take the time to update a system like this. It sounds like it would take just as much effort to update grades. Regardless, it sounds really cool in theory and would be a great way for students to mark their progress.