Watermark Releases New Text Analytics to More Easily Surface Actionable Insights for Improvement Efforts

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Integrated into its course evaluation solution, Watermark’s new Text Analytics allows institutions to efficiently and comprehensively analyze and derive actionable insights from qualitative survey responses.

NEW YORK— April 28, 2020-Watermark, a pioneer in educational intelligence, released its latest innovation this week — a new Text Analytics engine integrated into its course evaluation solution. With this feature, administrators are able to more easily and quickly analyze, at scale, open-ended, qualitative course evaluation questions to automatically surface emerging trends and the kind of insights that inform improvement efforts.

This release helps advance the critical work of capturing a more comprehensive set of student feedback data and then more easily using that data to improve the teaching and learning experience. In an effort to reduce the risks of implicit bias and oversimplification introduced when using only quantitative course evaluation questions, Watermark’s Text Analytics allows administrators to instantly discover patterns and trends in open text responses — uncovering actionable insights and opportunities for improvements while still preserving data quality. Trending topics are then integrated into EvaluationKIT by Watermark project results so they can be classified into topic hierarchies, filtered, analyzed, and shared with ease — increasing transparency and the ability to monitor key topics over time so that administrators and faculty can continue to make course improvements quickly.

With an enterprise course evaluation and survey solution that integrates seamlessly with Student Information and Learning Management Systems, institutions can now capture all student feedback data in one place in order to gain insights that inform planning, improve curriculum, help manage faculty, and drive quality.

“We’re excited to release this innovation for our clients. Identifying trending themes and surfacing actionable insights for open text responses can be painful and challenging to do manually. With this robust feature, we’ll be able to further increase efficiencies for institutions, as we help to more easily surface emerging topics in student feedback to inform your institutional improvement efforts. This is key to the evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning, and when combined with other institutional data, provides a more holistic picture of effectiveness,” said Matt Bartel, Chief Product Officer for Watermark.

Used by more than 300,000 administrators and faculty to administer over 16 million course evaluations globally, EvaluationKIT by Watermark has streamlined institutions’ processes for obtaining key student feedback data for more than a decade. It is the only all-in-one course evaluation solution designed exclusively for higher education that also integrates with Watermark’s faculty activity reporting solution — giving administrators an even more comprehensive view of faculty teaching, service, and professional development work. With capabilities for in-region hosting on the AWS Cloud, GDPR compliance, and TrustArc certification, EvaluationKIT by Watermark is a three-time SIIA CODiE award winner and most recently recognized as a 2020 Best Data Solution for Education finalist — in part because it leverages a turnkey integrations to support increased response rates and quickly surfaces actionable insights that drive improvements.

This innovation reinforces Watermark’s broader vision to empower institutions with the insights needed to make meaningful improvements across all levels of the institution. As a global provider of educational intelligence solutions, Watermark is a member of the AWS Partner Network with Education Competency status and currently supports over 1,700 colleges and universities in developing an intentional approach to learning based on data they can trust.

To learn more about how Watermark can help you improve student and institutional outcomes, visit www.watermarkinsights.com.

Victoria Guzzo
Senior Director of Corporate Communications