- Amir Dabirian, VP for IT-CIO, CSU Fullerton
- Matthew Badal, Administrative Analyst, CSU Fullerton
- Su Swarat, Director of Assessment and Educational Effectiveness, CSU Fullerton
What are HIPs?
- Occur when students are actively engaged in the learning process
- Students involved in HIPs report greater gains in learning in personal dev
- Underrepresented students affected positively the most
- First year seminars
- Common intellectual experiences
- Learning communities
- Writing intensive courses
CSUF Strategic Plan
Presidential goal is to increase student persistence, increase grad rates, and narrow the achievement gap for underrepresented students.
- Get 75% of all students involved in at least TWO HIPs.
- Broaden access to HIPs
- Curricular (course based) and co-curricular (activity) based programs
- Significant student engagement
- Experiential learning
- Etc. (the list is long)
Institutionalize HIPs through a Data-Driven Approach
- We don’t want to call something HIP unless it actually IS a HIP
- We triangulate each course/program through a set of criteria to ensure HIP quality
- Over 4,000 students now in designated HIPs
HIPs Technology Tracking
- Technology, Tools, Data Collection
- LMS has HIPs Templates
- Peoplesoft Tracking & Designation (transcript)
We started it all through a survey, and as a result of this, we decided to accomplish this via a mobile app, but .
We harness the power of our existing app…why? Because it has a killer app built in that students go back to again and again – PARKING.
Data Collection Technology Tools Attendance
- iBeacon deployed in all classrooms
- All our HIPs use this feature to ensure participation
How Does the App Work?
- Shake phone to register attendance
- For each course, we provide HIP activity items for students to record their participation in each.
- Real-time integration to LMS; the LMS provides the ability for professors to drill-down and view student attendance and participation.
- It’s still a work in progress. Faculty orientations are continuous, and we also help students learn how to use the app. App changes: addition of activity tracking for more customization; multiple hour tracking feature
Humans Make the App Work
Sample timeline in a semester:
- Pre-semester: app improvement, faculty training
- Weeks 1-2: in-class student training
- Weeks 8-10: mid-semester check-in, ongoing tech support, initial data collection
- Weeks 14-16: post survey administration, heavy data collection, final tech support
Data Analysis & Assessment
There were a lot of graphs in this portion of the session, so my notes are a bit thin here.
- Most of the gains were attributable to our female students
- Self reported learning gains were almost universal
- The more feedback received, the more improvement seen
- Data identified colleges where student involvement was higher or lower than expected; this has affected pedagogical practices