Bettermarks (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
11 February 2016

Synopsis

The Bettermarks program assists mathematics teaching through the use of adapted content, connected with over 100 textbooks. Teachers can either assign online lessons to students or let the system assign them based on students’ skill levels. As students complete lessons, Bettermarks analyses their performance and behaviours to detect gaps in knowledge, suggest lessons for improvement or provide additional challenges.

 

The program also incorporates a teacher centre, where student performance data can be accessed. Teachers can access ‘at-a-glance’ reports on completion and pass rates across the module. Additionally, they may look at individual student results and progression.

 

This system uses any web browser and does not require downloaded software.

Classification

Inventory type:

smart system

Role of analytics:

summarisation & description

adaptation

recommendation

Data sources:

uses own data

Keywords:

adaptive modelling

Tool in Context

Learning:

school

Supply model:

self-hosted server software

Origin:

Bettermarks: TEL vendor

Ethics and privacy:

Little information is available about the company’s ethics and privacy policies. On their website, they state that ‘login data and exercise data’ are saved. They further explain that students’ email addresses or real names are not required, and that no data is shared with third parties. However, no information is available about data storage methods.

Languages:

English, German, Dutch, Spanish

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

Currently no information is available about examples of the programme’s use or effectiveness. Preliminary studies have suggested that students who use the system receive better marks than those who do not. However, this information was internally sourced (see link below) and has not been peer reviewed.

Further Information

Tool provider’s website: http://bettermarks.com/

Interview with CEO: http://bit.ly/1P0Ia78

Result: http://bit.ly/1PWplBH

 

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