Quick start

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

Contents

Application

Quick activity

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.

Engagement analytics

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.

Logs

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.

Live logs

The past hour of activity within the unit

Useful to measure students' activity immediately before or after a scheduled lesson.

Activity report

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.

Unit participation

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.

Activity completion

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.

Statistics

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


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