Elements of Success

Elements of Success (EoS) is an innovative, analytics dashboard tool in ICON that promotes students' self-regulated learning. It provides students with real-time feedback, data visualizations, relevant resources to support learning, and targeted messages to help students understand how they are currently performing in their course, what their future course outcomes might be, and how they can improve their performance.


Self-regulated learning is defined as an active constructive cyclical process whereby learners set goals for their learning, monitor their performance, and then reflect on the outcome (Pintrich 2000). Frequent, timely feedback helps, students become effective self-regulated learners who proactively seek information when needed and take the necessary steps to meet their own learning and performance goals.   


The research conducted by the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT) Research & Analytics team has shown consistent, positive associations between the use of EoS and course outcomes after controlling for prior academic outcomes. That is, after controlling for their performance on their first exam, GPA, and homework scores prior to the first exam, researchers found that students who regularly checked EoS achieved higher scores on subsequent exams and better final grades than did students who did not.


Originally designed in collaboration with UI faculty members in the Department of Chemistry, we aim to expand the adoption and scale EoS campus-wide. Currently, EoS is implemented in four introductory STEM courses: General Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry I & II, and Foundations of Biology.


On Tuesday, November 7, noon-1:00 in PBB room W401, the OTLT Research and Analytics team will present to instructors how to leverage EoS to support student success. The team will share the new design of EoS, demonstrate how different students’ interact with the dashboard, and discuss the customization available to instructors.  


Feedback from the audience on the layout, features, and direction of EoS is encouraged. The session also will include a brief discussion of the Research and Analytics team’s findings, including the effectiveness of EoS for student success. A faculty member also will share his experience with EoS and the benefits of the tool for students and faculty.


If you are interested in learning more about Elements of Success and wish to attend the session on November 7, please register here.



Pintrich, P. R. (2000). The role of goal orientation in self-regulated learning. In M. Boekaets

(Ed.), P.R. Pintrich (Ed.), M. Zeidner (Ed.) Handbook of Self-Regulation (pp. 451-502)

San Diego, CA.