Developing Data-Enabled Student Success Strategies


Learner data can be a rich source of insights and evidence for institutions, empowering them to support student success in innovative and valuable ways. When used legally, ethically and effectively, this data can help to target resources and services to the students with the greatest need. It can inform improvements to academic and co-academic services, to foster student welfare and to support an engaging, quality-driven and fit-for-purpose curriculum.

Arising from the National Forum’s Data-Enabled Student Success Initiative (DESSI), this course will guide participants through some of the key aspects of developing a successful institutional strategy for using data to support student success. Topics covered include developing an ethical and legally-compliant approach, defining SMART objectives, the importance of collaboration and consultation, planning effective communications and interventions and mapping each step of the process from extracting the data to acting on the insights it can yield.

You’ll Learn to

  • Define meaningful, explicit objectives for a data-enabled student success pilot project
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the steps required to ensure an ethical, legally-compliant approach to using student datas
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the properties of useful and useable data sources
  • Develop an effective plan for taking action based on data-informed trigger

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 5 Personal and Professional Digital Capacity recognises explicitly that we live and work in a digital world, and that teachers must develop digital skills that allow them to harness the potential of technology for learning impact.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Lee O’Farrell

University College Dublin


A self study version of this course is currently in development. Subscribe below for updates.

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