News Story

The RETAIN project has started

Chris Valentine, Thursday 03 March 2011 | Annotate
KMi News Image

The JISC funded RETAIN project has started on the 1st March. This 18 month project aims to extend the Open University's existing Business Intelligence systems, with a particular focus on improving student retention. RETAIN will make it possible to integrate additional data sources, such as data from VLE's, with existing statistical methods and to further extend the functionality by using predictive modelling to identify students who are at risk of non-completion of their courses. This will allow for better targeted interventions towards these students. A demonstrator will be developed, for visualising retention data that allows viewing of both aggregated and individual student data on selected dimensions. This will be usable by tutors and programme managers for determining strategy in both the short-term and long-term, on individual, course and faculty levels. The developed tools and methods will be trialled with a view to longer term uptake and further extensions to Business Intelligence functionality. The predicted benefits are improved retention and progression, leading to a financial cost savings for the OU and a better student experience.


Annika Wolff Photograph

Annika Wolff

Research Associate

Website Icon


Retaining Students through Intelligent Interventions

Latest News


View by

Latest Seminar
Alessia Pisu
University of Cagliari

AI-Driven Ontology extraction of Research Areas

Watch the live webcast


Knowledge Media Institute
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1908 653800

Fax: +44 (0)1908 653169

Email: KMi Support


If you have any comments, suggestions or general feedback regarding our website, please email us at the address below.

Email: KMi Development Team