STEMCenterX (http://www.stemcenterx.com/) is an online educational portal offering interactive high-quality courses to students based on state-of-the-art research work in educational technology and learning design. It is powered by the open-source platform OpenEdx which is created by founding partners Harvard and MIT and composed of dozens of leading global institutions, the xConsortium.
Unlike the traditional learning management systems, courses on STEMCenterX are delivered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and thus it supports large-scale course participation in a more flexible way. Students are able to choose from a variety of highly interactive courses and take them at their own paces. With its open-source community consisting of educators, course instructors, and developers, a variety of learning tools are actively developed and shared to the core platform which could be used to support varied ways of pedagogical strategies and methodologies.
Open Access to Students
In STEMCenterX, learning analytics is a critical component to explore in-depth how students learn through a variety of activities and user interactions. It is used to identify learning patterns over time and can also be used to examine learning at a holistic view and provide feedback to students and teachers to improve learning interactions and optimize future learning outcome.
The types of learner data captured in STEMCenterX include user actions, behaviors, and interactions and will be defined based on the structure of learning objectives, tasks, and activities designed in the System. Relevant student data will be tracked, mined, and computed by the logging tool. User data will be mapped and analyzed to infer interrelationships between user behaviors and learning. Reports about how a student has performed in taking a course and comparison to peers will be generated for to help students evaluate their own learning and thus learn to reflect on areas that can be improved.