Should you wish to undertake some analysis of how students are using your Moodle site, you have a number of reports available to you from the Moodle Course Management menu. You can also 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?)

Moodle Reports and Analytics

To find the reports you require in each module by going to the Reports option at the top of the page

A general overview of each option is provided below, with guidance in the sections underneath;

  • Logs drills into individual student activities. The logs are the full detail of actions taken within a Moodle page, with a variety of filters and information provided. This is very useful to administrators to check access times, validate information from students etc.
  • Live logs show what is happening on the site in real time.
  • Activity report is good for identifying students usage of different resources and activities. Shows total uses per activity and by how many users. Allows you to see what’s the most popular (high uses by many users) and what’s returned to most often (high uses by few users), as well as what is less popular.
  • Course participation shows how students are engaging with a particular activity. Shows uses per student per activity over a given period. Allows you to easily see who has or hasn’t engaged with an activity, and you can select specific users to message them (e.g. message anyone who hasn’t viewed the discussion space or assessment brief to remind them about it).
  • Statistics shows views per day, and gives a link to the full logs for that day.
  • Activity/course completion gives a view of how students are engaging with the entire course. This option must have been enabled at the start of the module in order to capture all usage data.
Logs and Live logs


Logs drill into individual student activities. When you contact Moodle support because a student has claimed they were unable to submit to Turnitin despite accessing the inbox before the 2pm deadline, this is the first thing we check.

  1. Select Logs from the Reports list found at the top of your module page
  2. Select the module you want to find logs for (by default it will be the module you’re on).
  3. Choose the student’s name (listed alphabetically by surname) or look at all participants.
  4. Select the day you want, or leave it as all days.
  5. Select just a single activity, or look at all the activities.
  6. If you are looking for something specific that a student might have done you can drill down further using the actions menu, for instance, for an assignment submission you could select ‘all changes’ to remove the log reports of students simply viewing pages without any actions.
  7. If you have more than one page of results, you will be able to click through them.
  8. Each line of the logs captures a user action:
    • The time and date.
    • This captures where the user was, and you can click this link to go to that resource or activity.
    • The event name and description explain what the user was doing. Sometimes these are worded in an obscure fashion, so please ask us if you aren’t sure what it means. This example below shows a successful Turnitin submission, where the user adds their submission and Moodle then sends the file to Turnitin.

Checking assessment submissions

It is possible to view in the logs where students have submitted an assignment.

  • Select a student from the ‘All Participants’ menu
  • Select the assignment from ‘All Activities’ menu
  • Select All Changes from the ‘All Actions’ menu
  • You can keep all other settings as they are
  • Click Get these logs

Checking Turnitin submissions

For Turnitin assignments confirmation of submission is demonstrated when you can see ‘User submission sent to Turnitin‘ under the Description column. (Add Submission under event name is not enough to show this on it’s own it must show it has been sent in the Description. Add submission shows the student uploaded a file but does not confirm they submitted the file.) Be aware however that a student can submit over the top of  the submissions before the deadline so you should check there are not records of deleted submissions following submission. To do this ensure you haven’t selected a specific date but ‘all days’. 

Checking Moodle Assignment submissions

For Moodle Assignments confirmation of submission is demonstrated when you can see ‘A submission has been submitted’ under the Event name. Be aware however that a student can delete the submissions before the deadline so you should check there are not records of deleted submissions following submission. To do this ensure you haven’t selected a specific date but ‘all days’.

2. Live logs

Live logs are useful to check when working on the site so you don’t confuse users. They look similar to the standard logs, but you don’t have all the filter options.

Course participation

Course participation shows how students are engaging with a particular activity:

  1. Select Logs from the Reports list found at the top of your module page
  2. Select the activity/resource you want to review.
  3. Choose how far back you want to look.
  4. Make sure you are only looking at students.
  5. Press Go to load the report.
  6. If you have a large class, you may want to filter by name.
  7. Students who have completed the activity are shown with Yes beside their name.
  8. Students who have not completed the activity have a No.
  9. 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.

Activity report

The activity report is good for identifying usefulness of resources and activities. It shows a simple count of every single time it is clicked and by how many students. E.g it will tell you that a resource has been clicked on 30 times by 6 different users. It doesn’t tell you how many of these clicks are by each user.

Although it can’t tell you how many of your students have completed a task (use course participation for this) you can still draw some useful conclusions from this data. For example, something that has a very high number of hits is probably useful to students, so perhaps consider providing more of this kind of resource or activity. Likewise, if you see something has a very low number of hits, it could mean that students are not aware of it or why it would be useful. You may want to change the name or description of the resource, or draw students’ attention to it with an announcement or in class.


Statistics captures when your course is used (and when it is not…!). To view statistics you need to click into Course management (cog icon) and into Course administration (under Course Settings), choose course administration and then click into the Reports tab:

When viewing statistics:

  1. Choose how far back you want to look, and press View.
  2. The graph shows you how many students and teachers have accessed your course in that time frame.
  3. The data is also underneath in tabular format, linked to the logs if you wish to dig deeper.

Activity completion

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

Course completion


ReCap and Blackboard Collaborate Analytics

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Attendance Report

The Session attendance report provides an overview of when attendees joined and left sessions. It also gives you an idea of how long attendees were present in the session on average.

Guidance is available on the Blackboard help site.

ReCap (Panopto) usage statistics

It is easy to find out how many students have viewed your videos. You can see which students have viewed (depending on set up), how long they view the session and also see which parts of your recordings were most viewed.

Recap (Panopto) usage statistics guidance