Data-informed initiatives to enhance Māori and Pacific Student Achievement
This project from the University of Waikato aims to develop new teaching and learning initiatives for Māori and Pasifika students that are informed by a learner analytics system, combined with student voice data and cases studies of success.
The project aims to:
- develop institutional capability to create cohesive systems, programmes and experiences that are inclusive, culturally responsive, rewarding and fulfilling for Māori and Pacific students
- establish teaching and learning initiatives and environments across the university that are informed by detailed data analytics, combined with a rich student voice
The project will have five phases:
Phase 1: Developing a learner analytics system and dashboard (What do we know and what do we need to know?)
Based on previous research, currently available data, student perspectives from Phase 2, and with demographic data from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, the team will identify new indicators likely to predict student presence, participation, achievement and fulfilment.
Phase 2: Māori and Pacific student perspectives (What do students think?)
In parallel to Phase 1 we will collect qualitative data to explore student perspectives on key factors impacting Māori and Pacific student presence, participation, achievement and fulfilment.
Phase 3: Case studies of success (What works and why?)
The team will select data-identified and student-identified success cases. They will research each case through the perspectives of those involved.
Phase 4: Design of integrated framework of initiatives (What can we do and how?)
In parallel with Phase 3 and based on the findings of Phases 1 and 2, The team will re-imagine existing Māori and Pacific targeted initiatives to tackle the research questions, directly addressing ways in which Māori and Pacific student presence, participation, achievement and fulfilment can be augmented and fully integrated as “business as usual” at both strategic and operational levels.
Phase 5: Implementation and evaluation of initiatives and ongoing refinement of learner analytics (How is it going and how can we do even better?)
Phase 5 will implement and evaluate the initiatives designed in Phase 4. Data collected in the initiatives will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of those initiatives and ways in which they can be expanded to all students in a way that is cost-effective and sustainable.
- Institutional capability to facilitate the educational success and fulfilment of Māori and Pacific students
- Systems and processes for effective use of data and research that are scalable internally, and can be shared with other institutions
- Contributions to knowledge about inclusive education at national and international levels.