Learning Challenges Leaderboards

RISE visualization of Microeconomics

A RISE visualization of skill-level outcomes

Lumen provides highly effective learning materials that become more effective every semester. How do they get more effective each semester? We are constantly revising our content, learning design, and assessment design through a process of data-driven continuous improvement. Lumen’s RISE and Shine Initiative invites faculty to collaborate with us in revising and remixing our learning materials in order to support better learning by students everywhere.

The Learning Challenges Leaderboards provide information about the hardest learning outcomes in Lumen’s Waymaker OER courses. The Leaderboards aggregate nationwide data to provide a fine-grained view into the specific skill-level outcomes students struggle with the most. We use RISE analysis to determine which outcomes students found most difficult. Of the hundreds of learning outcomes in a Waymaker course, the five most difficult are listed below (1. is the hardest outcome, 2. is the second hardest, etc.).

We invite you to join the conversation about continuous improvement. We also invite you to share new or revised OER that will improve student learning in one or more of the learning outcomes identified below. If your contribution is accepted into a course, you’ll be attributed by name and you’ll get to see the impact your contribution has on learning across the country.

Spring 2018 Learning Challenges Leaderboards

Introduction to Business (link to current content) Average Score on Aligned Assessments (as Z Score) Average Views of Aligned OER (as Z Score) RISE Distance
1. Explain a demand curve -1.825 0.894 2.032
2. Differentiate between balance of trade and balance of payments -1.739 0.976 1.994
3. Explain the factors that can change demand -1.562 0.894 1.800
4. Explain the warranties provided by the Uniform Commercial Code -1.546 0.837 1.758
5. Explain how countertrade contributes to the measure of global trade -0.943 0.976 1.357

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Introduction to Psychology (link to current content) Average Score on Aligned Assessments (as Z Score) Average Views of Aligned OER (as Z Score) RISE Distance
1. Describe how the cognitive revolution shifted psychology’s focus back to the mind and the basics of cognitive psychology -1.473 3.453 3.754
2. Describe Freud’s influence on psychology and his major theoretical contributions -0.876 3.453 3.562
3. Describe the basic interests and applications of biopsychology and evolutionary psychology -2.018 1.586 2.567
4. Describe the importance of distributional thinking and the role of p-values in statistical inference -1.902 0.812 2.068
5. Describe the basic interests and applications of abnormal, clinical, and health psychology -1.274 1.586 2.034
Concepts in Statistics (link to current content) Average Score on Aligned Assessments (as Z Score) Average Views of Aligned OER (as Z Score) RISE Distance
1. From a research question, determine the goal of a statistical study. -0.425 2.973 3.003
2. From a description of a statistical study, determine the goal of the study. -0.375 2.973 2.997
3. Use a five-number summary and a boxplot to describe a distribution. -0.622 1.275 1.419
4. Use mean and median to describe the center of a distribution. -0.685 1.204 1.386
5. For a linear relationship, use the least squares regression line to model the pattern in the data and to make predictions. -0.632 0.800 1.020