Learning Analytics are any piece of information that can help an LMS user improve learning outcomes. Users include students, teachers, administrators and decision-makers.
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%|
|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||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|
|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.
- Moodle Activity Viewer (MAV) (Git), consider Heatmap as an alternative
- Learning Locker, can be used with Logstore xAPI
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. The diagram below describes such tools by how deeply they are integrated with other systems (source).