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LEAP (Learner Engagement Activity Portal)

LEAP

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You can log into LEAP using your Essex login (no @essex.ac.uk) and your usual password. You can also log in via MyEssex or PocketEssex. Look out for the LEAP icon!

LEAP (Learner Engagement Activity Portal) is our student centered, personalised engagement tool. LEAP focuses on what you do rather than who you are.

LEAP calculates and shows you your average engagement for the last seven days based on your usage of each university resource (Faser, Moodle and Listen Again as well as attendance and University computer logins). By providing you with this information, we hope to empower you to become more effective, independent learners and achieve your study goals.

Who can use LEAP

LEAP uses existing data and displays the information in one place for you, the student, to view. Your tutors and other university staff may use LEAP to:

  • suggest ways you could achieve better outcomes
  • check that all is well with you and offer information, advice and guidance
  • help you in areas of your studies that you are finding a challenge

University staff will be able to make notes, set objectives and let other university services know that you're interested in receiving their help. However, it will still be your choice to contact the service to make arrangements. In the interest of transparency, you will be able to view all records entered by any member of staff into your LEAP.

Why we're using LEAP

LEAP gives you the opportunity to take control of your own learning, giving you a better idea of your current engagement in real-time and helps you make informed choices about your studies. It's expected that the more engaged you are with your studies the more likely you are to achieve your academic goals. However, it's normal to have lower engagement during holiday periods and on occasion throughout the academic terms. If you have a period of lower engagement or no activity, your tutors and other university staff may check that all is well and offer information, advice and guidance.

LEAP engagement indicator

To provide an overall picture of your engagement, LEAP displays your overall engagement based on your engagement with university resources (Faser, Moodle and Listen Again usage as well as attendance and University computer logins) in the previous seven days. There are five engagement indicators, which will help map your engagement over your time at Essex:

  • High

    High engagement means that you’ve been consistently using Listen Again, accessing course materials on Moodle, using Faser and attending lecture and seminars.

  • Good

    Good engagement signifies that you're regularly using university resources, for example, Moodle, Faser and attending lectures and seminars.

  • Partial

    Partial engagement indicates that you're using some university resources but not as frequently as students with higher engagement. For example, you maybe logging into Moodle and attending some lectures and seminars but not using Faser or Listen Again.

  • Low

    Low engagement would suggest that you're occasionally using the resources available to you.

  • Very low

    Very low engagement would suggest that you're a very infrequent user of the university’s resources, possibly not engaging for several days at a time.

Ethical use of data

Using your information in this way must be managed very carefully. LEAP has six ethical use of data principles. You can read the full Ethical Use of Data Policy (.pdf).

  • Transparency: We will be open and transparent about the data we collect and how we use it. We will explain how to understand the data and keep records of what we have done with it.
  • Student benefit: We will use the data we collect for the benefit of students, who will be actively involved in helping design and shape the actions that will support them
  • Privacy: We will manage all personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and make sure individuals can’t be identified when providing comparison data.
  • Training, guidance and support: We will provide training, guidance and support to students and staff who use the system. LEAP is a tool that will never replace the human relationships that are needed for delivering a transformational education with students at its heart.
  • Accuracy, access and disclosure: You will have the right to access your data and to challenge inaccurate data and ask for it to be corrected. Access to student data will be by legitimate need and we will never share your data sets with commercial companies without your explicit consent.
  • Responsibility: Areas of responsibility for all activities relating to learner analytics should be clearly defined and assigned to specific individuals and groups. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education has overall responsibility and accountability for the use of learner analytics at the University.

Contact us

If you're concerned with any of the data or would like to query your engagement indicators, you can talk to your personal tutor, a member of staff you trust or email leapquery@essex.ac.uk and we'll be happy to help.

You can find more information on Moodle, which includes LEAP user guides.