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Data Literacy Institute (DLI) group research findings

Early feedback to students allows faculty to communicate concerns regarding performance and make appropriate referrals for additional support

Faculty Feedback

Faculty Feedback, student success, Data Literacy Institute

icon of a calendarAugust 8, 2022

icon of a pencilBy Contributions from Sarah Hosch, Sara Webb, Ngong Kodiah Beyeh, Tricia Westergaard, Amy Tully

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Research Findings

OU’s early alert system utilizing faculty feedback to students effectively identified those at risk of earning a DFWI grade in BIO 1200 and CHM 2340 (Figure 1). URM students have a disproportionate risk when compared to non-URM students both for receiving faculty feedback and earning DFWI grades (Figure 2).

Faculty Feedback offered during the first few weeks of a semester is associated with higher final grades than feedback given later in the term (Figure 3). While most students did not use services regardless of faculty feedback, some students used tutoring and supplemental instruction more after receiving feedback (Figure 4).

Providing early feedback to students is one way for faculty to communicate concerns to students and make appropriate referrals to students who need additional support.

Data Literacy Institute

Oakland University participated in the Data Literacy Institute (DLI) – a partnership between APLU and the Association for Institutional Research with funding from Ascendium during the 2021-2022 academic year. OU’s cross-divisional team consists of faculty, administrators and staff with diverse data literacy backgrounds actively engaged in this data literacy training.

Participants meet weekly throughout the academic year to participate in class lessons, webinars, discussion boards, virtual seminars and group activities. Oakland’s DLI participants teamed up on three capstone research projects, all around student success.

The findings from DLI projects are featured in this second of three Grizz Facts with the intention building awareness and interest in data literacy across the university community. Contact the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at [email protected] for more information about the Data Literacy Initiative.

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