Learning Data. What do we know? What do we want to know?

Highlights of the April 27th panel discussion

On April 27th, five expert panelists from across the Consortium gathered online with an audience of faculty, technologists, and campus administrators for a discussion entitled, “Learning Data. What do we know? What do we want to know?” The session began with some thought-provoking remarks from the panelists, followed by two case studies, leading into free flowing conversation around several themes noted below in the video highlights.

Bilger, Crouch, De Veaux, Jilani, Nixon
Left to Right: Panelists Audrey Bilger, Catherine Crouch, Richard De Veaux, Saleha Jilani, Andrea Nixon
For full details about the panelists and the program, see the Panel Announcement

The goal of this online conversation was to set a broad frame for faculty perspectives on learning data as it is useful in guiding teaching and student success in the liberal arts. As indicated by audience feedback, this area has rich possibilities for exploration and potential collaboration as a Consortium.  We will be looking for opportunities to foster further conversation and collaborative investigation on specific aspects of this important topic.

Video Gallery – Online Panel


The who of learning data for the liberal arts.

• Dr. Audrey Bilger, Professor of Literature and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing & Public Discourse, Claremont McKenna College; incoming Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Pomona College


Levels of data that may inform teaching practice and institutional structures.

• Dr. Catherine Crouch, Associate Professor of Physics, Swarthmore College


How can liberal arts colleges collaborate on data that guide teaching and learning?

• Dr. Saleha Jilani, Assistant Professor of Economics, Haverford College


Relating student metacognition and institutional data.

• Dr. Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research, Carleton College


Which data from the Learning Management System might be most useful to faculty?

• Dr. Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research, Carleton College


Student perspectives on course evaluations.

• Dr. Audrey Bilger, Incoming Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Pomona College
• Dr. Richard De Veaux, Professor of Statistics, Williams College


Thoughts on the future of student course evaluations

• Dr. Audrey Bilger, Incoming Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Pomona College
• Dr. Catherine Crouch, Associate Professor of Physics, Swarthmore College
• Dr. Richard De Veaux, Professor of Statistics, Williams College
• Dr. Andrea Nixon, Director of Educational Research, Carleton College


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