Understanding academic pathways through the lens of engagement
Academic pathways in postsecondary education are shaped by a complex of factors. While existing research has typically characterized students’ pathways through formal course and major choices, there are more subtle aspects of students’ everyday experiences that contribute to pathways as well. This talk explores the potential of large-scale digital trace data to capture students’ longitudinal patterns of engagement, which is a precondition for development and success in higher education. By examining engagement patterns, we can provide a more nuanced and comprehensive picture of student experience and better understand the development of their academic pathways.