Predictors of online student learning task success: A quantitative study using learning analytics

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Melanie Shaw, Ph.D.

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Melanie Shaw

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Northcentral University
2006
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Wagner Award for Distance Learning Innovation and Support
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Scott Burrus, PhD

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Scott Burrus

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Dr. Burrus' ongoing research and scholarly Interest are in the areas of adult online learning, program evaluation, policy analysis, and social change.  His particular focal areas include are in the areas of applied social and education policy research. A scholar-practitioner by practice and his work has focused on developing programs and evaluating their effectiveness. Several years ago he turned his attention to higher education as he saw an opportunity to extent his policy and program evaluation work toward an even greater focus on continuous improvement. His underlying focus is on continuous improvement using learning analytics and other data to help inform and set a research agenda and a strategic or practical agenda that informs pedagogy, faculty engagement and student success. Student success is his passion.  He believe in adult online education and has witnessed first hand how this model facilitates individual, organizational, and community level change. For this reason, most recently his research has focused on teaching and learning, in particular within online environments.

Notably, last year Dr. Burrs and his co-authors received the Effective Practice Award from the Online Learning Consortium thanks to a paper they wrote on pedagogy they developed, implemented and tested at an online university.  Another interesting and impactful project was on the relationship between course length and academic achievement outcomes.  This study found that course length did not influence academic achievement, but did relate to improved time to completion.  This project helped to dispel myths that faculty may hold that shorter courses reflect lower academic quality.  These published findings have helped inform curricular change.  This year these researchers published a paper on learning contracts in online doctoral education and found that students under learning contracts were more likely to complete their program and the contract increased motivation to graduate.

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Course Length Recommendations in Online Higher Education
The Use of Learning Contracts to Promote Student Success in Online Doctoral Programs.
An Evaluation of Student Outcomes by Course Duration in Online Higher Education.
An Analysis of the Relationship between Feedback Types and Student Retention in Online Higher Education
Factors that Influence Student Attrition in Online Courses
Using Learning Analytics to Determine Predictors of Successful Completion for Online Students.
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Scott W. M. Burrus was involved in program evaluation, applied social policy research, and program development and consultation for over 17 years. He has worked in higher education for over 8 years as a research faculty and executive administrator. His experience includes program evaluation and research design, data collection methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Dr. Burrus’ primary interests lie in the areas of online education, juvenile substance use prevention and child welfare policy. Dr. Burrus has managed multi-site projects focused on understanding how the judicial, child welfare, and treatment systems serve families involved with child welfare due to parental substance abuse. He managed the first large multi-site evaluation of the Family Treatment Drug Court model. Dr. Burrus has been a member of the American Evaluation Association and American Psychological Association. Dr. Burrus has developed two community-based nonprofit organizations, and has been recognized by the mayor of Portland for his commitment to the community. Dr. Burrus has focused on the application of research methods to understand and solve challenges facing online higher education. An applied psychologist by training, Dr. Burrus has worked as a substance use counselor, college advisor, faculty, administrator and adoptive parent counselor. Living in beautiful San Diego, California, Dr. Burrus has been married for 24 years and parents two daughters ages 12 and 14.
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Psychology
Northcentral University
2007
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Applied Psychology
Golden Gate University
1996
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Associate Research Professor
Northcentral Unviersity
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Effective Practice Award - Teaching Through Feedback
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This project culminated with a publication: Clowes, M. C., Melanie Shaw, and Scott Burrus. (2017). "Using Learning Analytics to Determine Predictors of Successful Completion for Online Students." The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning 24 (2): 15-21. 

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Scott Burrus's picture Scott Burrus | May 14, 2016 7:56 am MST

Congratulations to Drs Clowes and Shaw on their new project!

Scott Burrus's picture Scott Burrus | June 14, 2017 2:12 pm MST

Congratulations on the completion of this project culminating on the publication: Clowes, M. C., Melanie Shaw, and Scott Burrus. (2017). "Using Learning Analytics to Determine Predictors of Successful Completion for Online Students." The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning 24 (2): 15-21.