Moodle and our other supported technologies offer some vital tools to help staff to gauge how engaged students are with their online resources. These tools may also be used as a means to finding out what parts of your teaching content is most used by your students giving you an insight into possible preferred learning formats as well as a starting point for gathering module feedback from your students.

 

Checking in with students

Set up virtual coffees and check ins using MS Teams, the Chat Activity or Blackboard Collaborate

Gather quick feedback from students – Try using the Choice Activity in your Moodle module or a polling tool during a teaching session

Track student engagement of teaching content

Analytics on students use of your online teaching content: Moodle Logs, Activity report, Activity completion and ReCap (Panopto) data

Should you wish to undertake some analysis of how students are using your Moodle and other educational technologies, you have a number of reports available to you from the Reports option in each module at the top of the page. The guide below will cover these areas and also show how you can gather data on student attendance in online webinars and viewing stats for your ReCap (Panopto) recordings. Answers to some of our FAQs below are in this guide:

  •  Who is engaging with the course, and who is not?
  •  Can I see a view of usage for a particular activity or resource?
  •  Is there a way to help students keep track of what they have done?
  •  When did a student access my site? (e.g. Did a student experience technical problems all morning before the Turnitin deadline, or did they only start trying to upload at 1:59?)

Using analytics and reporting to learn about students use of online teaching content

Helping students stay on track (student led learning)

Activity Completion Tracking

Activity completion provides an advanced level of tracking and needs careful consideration and set up before the start of the term. It not only provides useful data on students engagement in the modules but can also provide students with useful learning data too.

If you have turned on completion tracking in your module you will see indicators appear against your resources and activities. Those indicators help you easily track a student’s progress and identify potential areas of concern. Activity Completion can also provide your students a linear guided progression through the module making it particularly useful for student led learning.

Activity Completion and Tracking Guide

Attendance monitoring for synchronous sessions

You can check the student attendance report for Blackboard Collaborate after running a session. It will tell you who joined and when the joined and left the room (if students attend as guests this data will be not included in the report).

You can do the same for MS Teams, by default, the attendance report should be on for all new meetings set up.

Next steps

  • Regularly signpost to students the services where they can get the support needed e.g. Student support, the AA team, Counselling.
  • As well as the tools listed above make use of the Course Participation Report (found via the Reports option at the top of the module site) as it shows how students are engaging with a particular activity and you can message those students who may need a bit of help with their progress:
    • Select the activity/resource you want to review.
    • Choose how far back you want to look.
    • Make sure you are only looking at students.
    • Press Go to load the report.
    • If you have a large class, you may want to filter by name.
    • Students who have completed the activity are shown with Yes beside their name.
    • Students who have not completed the activity have a No.
    • You can select students and then scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find an option to send a message to those selected.