Clear pathways to an 'A' best indicator of student success
- A new report from Blackboard reveals that students who frequently access their grades and test scores perform better than students who spend more time with course content.
- The audit of more than 600,000 student online profiles and their behavior reveal that students who never access grades are most likely to fail, and those with a majority of time spent in content have declining grades.
- Researchers hypothesize that excessive time spent reviewing course content may reveal cramming or unfamiliarity with course material.
For faculty members and academic officials, the study suggests that giving students a pathway to a certain grade and allowing for real-time monitoring of their success on that pathway could encourage higher performance. And it bears justification for some programs to introduce learning modules like gamification into a curriculum, to encourage competition with student amongst themselves, and internally.