New Kortext analytics dashboard gives universities greater insights into student learning

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Kortext, the UK digital textbook platform, has launched a new analytics dashboard to give lecturers and university staff greater insights into how students are engaging with their digital learning content.

On a day-to-day basis, Kortext Analytics gives lecturers access to data that will show how students on their modules are engaging with core reading and resources. On a more strategic level, it aims to help universities improve student engagement and progression as the data can be correlated with other university data to track students' overall progress.

At a glance, using quick-view charts, graphs and tables, lecturers can see how many students on their modules have accessed their digital textbooks. They can also compare how students are using them, such as pages read and notes taken.

Andy Alferovs, managing director of Kortext, said: "When universities give their students printed textbooks, they have no way of knowing if, and how, students are engaging with them. However, with digital versions, universities can access valuable usage data that can be combined with other student data to drive engagement, progression and improve learning outcomes."

Matthew Lawson, head of library and learning enhancement at Middlesex University, said: "The analytics dashboard that Kortext has developed provides a major enhancement of their platform. From within Kortext, module leaders can observe how their students are using their free personal etextbooks and managers can get an overview across the whole university. Over the coming months we will be exploring how engagement with etextbooks impacts on student achievement."

Dr Geoff Bunn, senior lecturer, Department of Psychology, at Manchester Metropolitan University said: "Kortext Analytics is an easy to use and intuitive dashboard. I can see how many students on my psychology course have accessed our ebook so far, which is extremely useful to know."

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