What does a mouse click have to do with keeping students from dropping out? Officials from the University of Wisconsin System are going to see if there is a correlation.
The University of Wisconsin Colleges, UW-Madison and UW-Platteville will be using data from the mouse clicks of students completing their online school work, according to the Milwuakee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. The data will be analyzed according to how long a student remains on certain problems, how long a student is logged on, and if discussion boards are being utilized.
The tracking system is similar to what Amazon.com uses for its book recommendations, the report stated.
The project for the three schools will be funded by a $650,000 grant from the UW System. The state’s college system uses approximately $2 million in grants to increase the retention and graduation rate of students.