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Daniel Greene

Learning Analytics for Smarter Psychological Interventions
2013 CSS Fellowship

Online college courses fail to meet their full potential when they fail to support students who underperform or drop out due to a fixed mindset - the mistaken and self-limiting belief that their intelligence is unchangeable. Psychologists have developed short interventions to both influence mindset and improve learning outcomes, but they lack detailed evidence of the specific behaviors that bridge the gap between the two. I propose to use tools from learning analytics to identify the student behaviors that link self-reported mindset with learning outcomes. I will use my results to implement smarter psychological interventions that can deliver a message to the right student at the right time.