Madara Mason

Madara Mason's hats include painter, graphic designer, Instructional Designer, faculty educator, English Instructor, food blogger, and Oxford Comma Aficionado. If she's not in front of an easel, she's in front of a screen, or in front of a classroom. Her motto is "If you're not having fun, you're probably doing it wrong."

Quantifying the Student Self: Voluntary Data Collection


Ruth Prato will be utilizing fitness-bands and a smartphone-app combination to employ students in collecting data on themselves pertaining to activity, sleep, study, and eating habits. Her idea to provide students with the tools necessary for tracking their own behavior (and the behavior of their cohort) relative to success in the classroom is an exciting new approach to empowering students. All of the data will be aggregated in a password-protected central database, which students may log into to view their own data or the anonymized, aggregate data of their fellow participants. The database will support several default and customizable reporting functions, enabling users to organize the data in any number of ways. Rather than farming their personal data out, they’ll be collecting and controlling their own data to accomplish their own goals.


Potential Benefits:

  • Increased student awareness of what does and does not work for their own individual success in the classroom
  • Increased student awareness of how their cohort spends time which, represented in aggregate, should result in some interesting patterns (exercise relative to GPA, for instance)
  • Increased faculty awareness of demands on their students’ time and how students are using that time
  • Conceivably, the database could be made to separate data by class, allowing teachers to look at study/performance metrics for the classes they are teaching relative to other classes in the same or different fields