Located in the Control Panel area, Evaluation section, the Performance Dashboard tool provides a window into all types of user activity in a course. All users enrolled in the course are listed, with pertinent information about that user's progress and activity in the course. An instructor may check last course access, review status and discussion board postings, adaptive release, early warning system and grades for each student. This page may be easily printed.
Adaptive Release of Content provides controls to release content to users based on a set of rules provided by the instructor. The rules may be related to availability, date and time, individual users and user groups (such as course Groups), scores or attempts on any Gradebook item, or review status of another item in the course.
An Adaptive Release rule consists of a set of criteria that defines the visibility of a content item to users. Criteria are the parts that make up the rule. For example, date and membership are two types of different criteria. Each content item may have multiple rules, and each rule may consist of multiple criteria. To view an item, a user must meet all of the requirements of the rule. This means that if a rule has multiple criteria, the user must meet all criteria before the item is available.
For example, the Instructor may add an Assignment to a course. One rule for this Assignment may allow all users in Group A to view the Assignment after a specific date. This rule would consist of Membership criteria and Date criteria. Another rule for this Assignment may allow all users in Group B to view the Assignment once they had completed Homework #1. This rule would consist of Membership criteria and Gradebook criteria.
Here are the basic steps:
One may add, modify or remove rules in the Adaptive Release Advanced area.
The Review Status tool allows the Instructor to track user review of specific content items. Once the Instructor enables the tool for an item, each student tracks their progress. A Mark Reviewed button appears on the item when the user opens the Content Area. After reviewing the item, the student selects this button to mark it Reviewed.
To view detailed usage statistics on selected content items for all enrolled users, turn on Statistics Tracking. Statistics Tracking must be turned on for each individual item to be tracked. The default setting for Statistics Tracking is off.
The Early Warning System is an expansion of and addition to the Performance Dashboard which allows instructors to monitor student performance, based on measures set up by the instructor. This feature has two parts: an additional column in the Performance Dashboard (in the Evaluation area of the Control Panel); and the Early Warning System configuration page (also in the Evaluation area) where rules can be set up to flag at-risk students.
Rules for determining who is an at-risk student may be set in the Early Warning System configuration pages, within the Evaluation area. Current options are grade-based rules, days since last course access, or rules based on missed due dates for assignments. Once the rules have been created, they are applied by clicking the Refresh button. Click the name of the rule to see results of which students (if any) have triggered the rule. Students may be notified of impending problems by using the Notify tool (message text may be modified); the system also keeps a notification log of warnings sent.