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University of Worcester uses analytics to monitor nursing students’ wellbeing


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The University of Worcester has set up a digital system to support the wellbeing of students in its nursing, midwifery and nursing associate programmes.

It has worked with Solutionpath, a provider of student engagement analytics software, using its StREAM solution to identify students who could be at risk of withdrawing from courses, and managing and reporting interventions.

The system has just gone live after onboarding began last September.

It uses an algorithm to collate student data that represents engagement in their academic learning and creates a universal measure of engagement – providing each student with an engagement score. 

Its dashboard translates complex transactional data into a simple visualisation of student engagement, enabling academic staff to quickly view a summary of their students’ engagement data and take steps to support their welfare.

They can visualise engagement at a cohort, course, module or individual level and activate an intervention in a near real time.

Ethical engagement

Elaine Swift, head of digital learning and teaching at University of Worcester, said: “We want to support students to ethically engage with their own learner data and to use that in conjunction with our staff.

“This initiative is a great opportunity for us to meet the needs of our nursing and midwifery students. Initial student feedback has been positive, and staff have found the system very easy to navigate.”

There are currently more than 1,200 students studying across the university’s nursing, midwifery and nursing associate programmes.

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