University turns to analytics to track student attendance and engagement

Written by Sam Trendall on 21 July 2017 in News

Bristolian university UWE plans two-lot tender for suppliers of algorithm-based platforms

UWE wants a platform that can help identify risks to engagement

The University of the West of England (UWE) is looking to deploy analytics to monitor the behaviour and engagement of students – including their attendance records.

The Bristol-based university has issued a prior information notice explaining that it is looking for suppliers to provide tools to gather and analyse data on the attendance and engagement levels of students. The university is looking for a platform that “will incorporate one or more algorithms”. 

The technology should “analyse data from multiple named sources” and allow users to identify potential threats to student engagement.

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The tender, when it launches, will be split into two lots. In the first lot, UWE is “seeking a supplier to provide a modern and future proof system that will record a student's attendance within a location or event”.

The second lot will cover “a learner analytics solution... to review and analyse student engagement/behaviour”.

Interested suppliers are requested to fill out a questionnaire providing more details on their expression of interest. This must be completed by 23 August. The following month UWE intends to begin discussions with various respondents to garner further feedback on the project.

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