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Learning Analytics are any piece of information that can help an LMS user improve learning outcomes. Users include students, teachers, administrators and decision-makers.

Moodle Plugins

There are a number of reports, blocks and other plugins for Moodle that provide learning analytics.

Plugin Plugin type Standard / Additional Useful for Description Reported usage*
Logs Report Standard Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers Filterable log of events 71.4%
Activity Report Standard Teachers View count of activities in course 69.1%
Activity completion, see also Course completion Report Standard Teachers Completion matrix of students and activities 66.3%
Live logs Report Standard Teachers, Admins Automatically refreshing log of events 55.2%
Feedback Activity Standard Teachers, Researchers Configurable survey tool 59.5%
(Quiz) Statistics Report Standard Teachers Student quiz performance report 53.0%
(Course) Participation Report Standard Teachers Single student's participation in course 49.9%
Survey Activity Standard Teachers, Researchers Set of standardised educational surveys 45.6%
Inspire Administrative Tool Additional migrating to Standard Teachers, Researchers Moodle native descriptive and predictive learning analytics n/a
Questionnaire Activity Additional Teachers, Researchers Configurable survey tool 45.3%
Course overview Report Standard Admins, Decision-makers Comparison of participation across multiple courses 45.0%
Course completion status Block Standard Students View of student's own completion of activities 41.4%
Progress Bar Block Additional Students, Teachers Time management tool for students with overview for teachers 32.0%
Events list Report Standard Teachers, Admins Events that can be monitored/searched in logs 28.6%
Activity results block Block Standard Students Leader-board of results in single activity 26.1%
Configurable Reports

(A list of contributed reports)

Block (Report Graphs filter) Additional Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers Report generation and viewing 22.7%
(Gradebook) Overview Report Standard Teachers, Students View of student grades across activites N/A
Statistics Report Standard Admins, Decision-makers Daily activity across site N/A
Event monitor Report Standard Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers Proactive, focussed monitor tool N/A
Ad-hoc database queries Report Additional Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers SQL-based report generation and viewing N/A
Engagement Analytics Block, Report, Activity module Additional Teachers Configurable engagement measurement report and block N/A
Course Dedication Block Additional Students, Teachers Estimated time online for students N/A
Graph Stats Block Additional Teachers, Admins Daily visits to site or course N/A
GISMO Block Additional Teachers Numerous charts of student activity participation N/A
Level Up! Block Additional Students, Teachers Incentive-drive participation meter N/A
Forum Graph Report Additional Teachers Graph of forum interactions N/A
Analytics Graphs Block Additional Teachers Visualisation of student participation N/A
Heatmap Block Additional Teachers Colour-coded indication of activity views on course page N/A
Analytics Local Additional Admins, Decision-makers Enriched feed to Google Analytics and Pywick N/A
Grade distribution report Additional Teachers Visualizes the grades of students in a course N/A
Logstore xAPI Logstore Additional Admins, Decision-makers, Researchers xAPI event stream output N/A

* Reported usage is drawn from the Plugins Usage Survey from 2015.

Integrations with Moodle

A number of systems integrate with Moodle to provide learning analytics information externally.

Dimensions of Analytics

Learning analytics are a concept that has been emerging under a number of different names through the past decades. Its origins lie in research in data mining and intelligent tutoring systems. LA tools can be categorised in a number of ways:

  • Descriptive
  • Predictive
  • Diagnostic
  • Prescriptive

See also...

Presentations