I chose this chapter for my reading because it seemed to have relevance to the other chapter from this book, which concerned itself with the Point of originality tool. This chapter also concerns itself with analytical ways of identifying students with an under-average results to try to help them correct their path before it is too late. Specific tool that was described in this article is called „The Student Explorer“. It was developed for the uses of STEM academy (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The tool works with data obtained from learning management systems and takes into account items such as grades, background, LMS use acros time and the number of times student accessed the course. The tool then analyzes data and creates a profile which can hint as to the probability of student failure in course. It then not only gives this information to the instructors, who can engage, explore or encourage student, but also to the student himself to allow him to catch up.
In the process of writing this article, the tool was still in developement. It seemed to suffer from bad user interface which confused teachers. Overall teachers told the researchers that it was not beneficial in some great amount at this stage of developement. It however proved usefull for safeguarding students of second and third years, who are not so closely under the radar as the first years. To these people it priovided feedback that can be usefull in their study life.
In my opinion, the idea behind this tool is making a lot of sence. It could be helping students who dont have sufficiently developed study skills and prompút them to alocate more time into their study. The most important factor in this case would be well formed user interface which is easy to understand and provides you with methods from which you can benefit. I just cant figure out why the researchers did not first finish the product before testing it and writing article about it. The idea behind the tool seems sound, but at this stage of developement with much more tweeking neccesarry, it just feels like trying to present a half-baked product that is not currently using all of its assets to the maximum. Well programed product on these bases could in my oppinion serve as a safeguard for student and good notification tool for teachers.