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I developed LectureTools with NSF support in response to a need to increase opportunities for student participation in larger lecture courses. It was subsequently spun off campus using NSF SBIR funding and was acquired by Echo360 which has incorporated it into its Active Learning Platform (ALP).  ALP collects data on how students behave before, during and after class including how many slides they view, how many notes they type, how many questions they answer and how many gradable questions they get correct as well as what question they pose and how often do they indicate confusion.

These unique data are used to understand how student participation is related to exam grades and to build models to forecast which students will have trouble in class far earlier in the semester.  My goal is to combine data from ALP with other data sets to ascertain which, if any, participation data allows the best prediction of student success.

Exam grades as a function of the number of words typed in students notes.

Exam grades as a function of the number of words typed in students notes.