Join UMKC Online at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Online Learning Consortium. Our instructional design team will share experiences and insight into analytics implementation, student authentication, and the UMKC Certification Policy for online courses.
Diving Into The Deep End of Learning Analytics
with Dr. Molly Mead & Lara Mabry, Wed 12:00pm, Americas Seminar
Is your institution on the brink of using learning analytics to inform data-driven decisions? Or are you on the fence about the potential of analytics? Come hear the story of one institution’s journey through analytics implementation, which will include lessons learned and helpful tips. Participants will leave with ideas they can incorporate in their own analytics projects.
Certification Policy: One School’s Transition to a Centralized Model for Online Education
with Melissa Messina & Lara Mabry, Thur 1:30pm, Oceanic 5
Like many universities whose online programs have evolved organically within individual schools, departments, and programs of the institution, the University of Missouri-Kansas City has faced challenges in centralizing its online education infrastructure. Hear how UMKC is working to change institutional culture through a policy requiring all online faculty and courses to be certified. This policy serves as the foundation for enacting university-wide faculty development, course management, and quality assurance processes of UMKC’s online programs.
The Goldilocks Test: Finding the “Just Right” Student Authentication System
with Melissa Messina & Lara Mabry, Fri 9:45am, Northern Hemispheres A1-A2
In response to current federal regulations that require the authentication of online students, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) spent the past year evaluating possible solutions offered by three separate vendors: Examity, ProctorU, and BioSig-ID. The primary goal of the authentication project was to identify an approach that allowed authentication to occur not only when students were engaged in an online assessment activity such as a exam but at multiple points within an online course. The ideal solution would be an authentication system that requires a student to authenticate at random points throughout a class and at a frequency that would not disrupt the natural flow of the course or learning activity. Each of the solutions offered by the vendors was piloted separately and proved useful in understanding the scope of student verification. Feedback from faculty, students, and administrators was instrumental in evaluating these tools, informing the development of institutional policies, and surfacing essential features. Key attributes of an ideal system include security and accuracy; scalability; ease of use; integration with the LMS; and cost-effectiveness. This presentation will tell the story of how one university is navigating the student authentication landscape to evaluate and identify a system that is “just right” for its institutional infrastructure and culture.