Platforms like Moodle, Panopto, and Echo360 gather information about student interactions, behaviours and activities that can be analysed to develop interventions for your students and improve learning resources.
Analytics can serve multiple purposes, including: indicating to the educator areas that need further instruction; identifying students who are struggling and need additional assistance; providing milestones and motivation for students to appreciate their own progress; allowing content to be customised to suit each individual learner’s needs; and many other benefits for both teacher and student.
The desired outcome of using analytics is to improve teaching approaches, content structure, formative and summative assessment, which leads to more effective teaching, better student experience, enhanced student understanding and better student grades.
Learning analytics in Moodle
Moodle has a vast amount of data that is presented in various formats including raw data logs and specific reports.
The table below lists the different types of Moodle reports and possible applications.
Type of guide
Moodle site activity
Use to identify inactive participants who have not been on the Moodle site within a specific time period.
Alternative assessment info
Students requiring alternative assessment
Use to identify students who require alternative assessments.
Three indicators are weighted to calculate a student's level of risk
The weighting of the analytics can be adjusted according to the type of engagement that is the most important for your unit. An engagement analytics block can be added to the page to help quickly identify at risk students.
Selected activity by selected users within selected items for a selected period
Use this log to determine the student engagement with a specific activity. Low use may indicate refinement is required.
The past hour of activity within the unit
Useful to measure students' activity immediately before or after a scheduled lesson.
Number of views of each activity in the course, sorted by topic
This may give a general overview and comparison between activities to determine which type of activities are valued by students.
Selected actions by selected users for a selected period in relation to a selected activity
Tutors can choose their tutor group to monitor engagement for a specific activity, such as a quiz.The teacher may send all or selected users a message to encourage students to complete the quiz.
Completion of all activities for all users in the unit
This report can be sorted by group or name and downloaded in two different formats. This may require additional manipulation within a spreadsheet.
Graph displayed based on unit, report type and time period
Use the graphs to quickly scan through the relevant student activity logs (views and posts) to identify any anomalies.
For additional information, see Moodle reports.
Setting up analytics in Moodle activities
To use data that is collected from Moodle, the learning content or assessment being used as a data source must be set up to collect appropriate information about the student behaviour.
For a discussion of different data collection settings for Moodle items, watch the following video
Learn how lecturers in MKF1120 used Moodle lessons analytics to track students’ online activity and their performance to be able to offer appropriate and timely advice.
Explore how to retrieve meaningful data from Moodle and improve the learning experience.
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