Coaches model and support the use of qualitative and quantitative data to inform their own instruction and professional learning.
After joining ETM, I learned just how important this is and how little awareness there is in EdTech as it relates to choosing technologies that hold student data and making sure they’re secure. I like this topic because there are a lot of directions and perspectives held no this particular standard. I for own, hold primarily, a systems administrator view.
Below you will find evidence, spread across three different subsections (indicators) of how I believe I am a Data-Driven Decision Maker where I work.
Assist educators and leaders in securely collecting and analyzing student data.
When I worked in ETM, I worked closely with a colleague on the Business Systems Team, who was in the IT Project Management Role. Normally, I don’t think an Associate Director of EdTech and an IT Project Manager would talk so much, but because we had worked together previously, we shared a lot of the same perspectives and had a very candid way of talking about issues with each other. There was a tacit level of trust in each other that allowed us to work well together.
The reason I bring this up here is because he’s the person who would partner with me most when discussing issues like connecting third-party systems into our Learning Management System. He was the person I bounced ideas, questions or concerns the most, and he’d give me his “two-cents” each time. This made evaluating systems and technologies that faculty would bring to ETM to connect to the LMS easier, because I had a second pair of eyes who could read a contract phrase and help me develop a better understanding of what was happening.
As an administrator, I was responsible for choosing systems that were not only secure, but also supported teaching & learning. During my tenure in ETM, I helped with the transition from one LMS to another, evaluated and selected a new Lecture Capture and Video Management platform, and more.
While I had a duty to evaluate systems, it was also important for me to share that knowledge and experience with the faculty we worked with – so we published guidelines on how to choose technologies for teaching and learning on the ETM website. It also led to my supervisor and I having a “fireside chat” about technology on our blog.
In a post I made about Learning Analytics I talk about some of my concerns when it comes to the analyzation and framing of the data collected. When I sat in meetings with our Business Intelligence staff, I remember him saying that you have to know what story you want to tell with your data. This could sound manipulative, but it’s true and that means as educators bias can easily influence how we interact and interpret the data provided, so I think this is a honestly a critical area that needs more attention and research as more information because easily accessible in systems.