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Data Visualization for Student Success

Using big data for actionable decision making.


Christopher Collins, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Science
Riley Weagant, MSc Candidate, Computer Science, Faculty of Science

In collaboration with the Ontario Tech University Registrar’s Office and supervised by Dr. Christopher Collins, student Riley Weagant designed a visualization dashboard. The visualizations on this dashboard are populated using Ontario Tech student data collected between 2003 and 2015. This project aims to bring attention to possible factors affecting a student’s decision to stay at the university or to withdraw. Specifically, how to address common factors that can be changed by the university including course scheduling, program maps, the way students are advised, etc.