Can LMS Analytics Help Law Schools Demonstrate Compliance with Outcome-Based Assessment of Student Learning Accreditation Rules?
Following the 2015 changes to American Bar Association accreditation rules, American law schools are now expected to demonstrate that they are developing valid measures of student learning otucomes.
Learning management systems collect the same kind of clickstream data than other Web commerce analytics systems collect, but early efforts to correlate clickstream data with learning outcomes proved fruitless.
More recent empirical research carried out in education, psychology and computer science suggests it may be possible to use clickstream data to assess student learning outcomes. See, e.g., Tellakat, Boyd, & Pennebaker, How do online learners study? The psychometrics of students’ clicking patterns in online courses. PLoS ONE 14(3): e0213863 (2019) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0213863
This presentation will explore recent trends in scholarship outside of legal education that suggest the kind of clickstream data collected by learning management systems might provide a useful tool for American law schools seeking to comply with ABA outcome-based assessment of studnet learning accreditation rules.