Fujitsu, Yokohama National University develop 'Academic Attribute Chart'

TOKYO —

Yokohama National University (YNU) and Fujitsu on Tuesday announced their joint development of a new feature for CoursePower, a Fujitsu learning management system for universities. Building on academic-log data accumulated in CoursePower, the new feature analyzes each student’s level of preparedness, course review habits, and participation in class discussions. Various aspects of their academic behavior, such as enthusiasm, planning, and follow-through, are also charted.

Fujitsu said the system makes it easy for instructors to grasp at a glance aspects of academic behavior that can have an important impact on a student’s depth of understanding, beyond simple test and report scores, so that they can deliver individualized instruction better tailored to each student.

From June 2011 to November 2012, Fujitsu tested the relationship between academic behavior and results using academic-log data from a total of 3,412 lectures in institutions of higher learning, primarily YNU. The company used this data to clarify those aspects of academic behavior that should be visualized. Based on this, Fujitsu and YNU developed a feature that analyzes and charts academic behavior. YNU will put this new feature into general use as part of CoursePower in April 2013.

With the analysis and use of learning-related data expected to become a significant trend worldwide, YNU and Fujitsu plan to expand the use of this feature and actively engage in promoting the use of analytics in educational instruction.

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