Part 3: Spring 2016 Labs

40 Workflow Visualization Toolkit with Alan Hackbarth — 03.18.2016

Alan-HackbarthIn the Active Teaching Lab on March 18, 2016, Alan Hackbarth from UW Colleges shared how he uses the Workflow Visualization Toolkit to track how students interact with course content. WVS allows instructors to design student work, tracks their work (currently in Moodle and D2L), and analyze time-on-task and other data.

Key Takeaways

  • Remember that this is a tool that is under development (even the User guide (link to pdf) was created the week before this lab.) Please send feedback on the tool to Alan Hackbarth ( and Chris Lalande (!
  • The Workflow Visualization System (WVS) can help instructors see data on individual assignments, to help them refine assignments, directions, etc. based on student interaction with the assignments and each other.
  • The WVS can also help instructors better “front end” entire course planning by designing intended student workflows and tracking how effective individual assignments build on each other.
  • The WVS can help instructors easily identify who online discussion student leaders are, and note whether participation connects to overall success.
  • For more developed learning analytics tools available on campus, check out the Learning Analytics Tool Chest:

If you’re interested in learning more to get up and running with the Workflow Visualization Toolkit, watch the videos below and try stepping through the worksheet we created for the session!

The Active Teaching Lab, a Faculty Engagement program, provides a safe space for structured explorations of cool teaching tools and techniques that your colleagues are using to engage students and teach more effectively. During the academic year, labs are held weekly and will be listed on the Active Teaching Lab page.

Alan’s Workflow Visualization Toolkit Story


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