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STEER: Student Tracking for the Evaluation of E-learning Resources

A graph of a student path
STEER: A graph showing the path a student has taken through some Physics 1A material.


Valuable information about the way that e-learning resources are used in practice may be obtained by tracking the way that users interact with online materials. This type of data can be helpful in future course design, by providing useful pointers about what works and what is less successful.

The STEER projects widens the remit and scope of the previous e-Learner Tracking project by looking at a more diverse selection of courses:

  • Physics 1A: Foundations
  • Ecclesiastical History 2Bh: Popular Religion, Women and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe
  • Psychology 1
  • Psychology 2

Project Status

This project ran from Summer 2005 to Summer 2006 and was funded by the University of Edinburgh's e-Learning Project Fund.

Project Contacts

Dr Judy Hardy, EPCC, School of Physics and Astronomy (Project Manager)

Video Demos

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  • Overview of Tracking Show this demo in a new window: Judy Hardy, Project Manager at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center, gives an overview of tracking. [Length: 4m 35s, Size: ~1.7MB]
  • Visualisation of tracking results to reveal routes through material Show this demo in a new window: Jon Hill, an Applications consultant at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center describes the spatial and temporal visualisations that he has constructed from the raw tracking data obtained during the 2005/06 run of the course. [Length: 5m 41s, Size: ~2.1MB]

Further Information

More information on the project can be found at the project's website.