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Tracking Student Progress and Engagement in Moodle: L&T conference presentation

10802138345_c14307ee37_zYou and your students may be aware that Moodle tracks every move that users make in the system. Don’t worry – this is not Big Brother! The logs capture technical details, which are important for the eLearning team so we can resolve your queries.

What you may not realise is that the logs can also be a powerful teaching tool. It’s simple to access reports on your Moodle site, which can be interpreted with a little training. The data can give you an objective snapshot of how students are using the resources, and in turn, ensure the time you’re putting into your site is being used most effectively. You can identify students who are not engaging with Moodle, just as you would see students who are not participating in your physical classes.

They’re also very useful for administrative purposes. It’s easy to find out when students accessed the site and what they did, helping to resolve claims of technical problems affecting submission.

At the end of this session, you’ll know how to answer common questions like:

  • Who is engaging with the course, and who is not?
  • Are students actually looking at the lecture notes and readings I provide?
  • Which links are students ignoring, and what can be done about it?
  • Can I see a view of usage for a particular activity or resource?
  • Is there a way to help students to keep track of what they have done?
  • How can I identify students who are struggling to keep up with the course?
  • When did a student access my site? (Including the most frequently asked question: Did a student really experience technical problems all morning before the Turnitin deadline, or did they only start trying to upload at 1:59?)

This session is suitable for all, whether you are a total beginner or you’d like to know some more advanced tricks.


Click below to launch the slides used in the presentation on 20 April 2016:


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