In the recent plugins usage survey conducted by Moodle HQ, the statistics collected shows the usage of different learning analytics tools available in Moodle. There are a number of reports, blocks and other plugins for Moodle that provide learning analytics. Some are standard plugins (part of the standard distribution) and some are third-party plugins (available from the Plugins Directory).
Learning Analytics are any piece of information that can help an LMS user improve learning outcomes. Users include students, teachers, administrators and decision-makers.
The Learning Analytics tools in Moodle according to their reported usage are as follows:
|Useful for||Reported usage*|
|Logs||Report||Standard||Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers||71.4%|
|Live logs||Report||Standard||Teachers, Admins||55.2%|
|Course overview||Report||Standard||Admins, Decision-makers||45.0%|
|Course completion status||Block||Standard||Students||41.4%|
|Progress Bar||Block||Third-party||Students, Teachers||32.0%|
|Events list||Report||Standard||Teachers, Admins||28.6%|
|Activity results block||Block||Standard||Students||26.1%|
|Configurable Reports||Block||Third-party||Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers||22.7%|
|Ad-hoc database queries||Report||Third-party||Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers||N/A|
|Course Dedication||Block||Third-party||Students, Teachers||N/A|
|Graph Stats||Block||Third-party||Teachers, Admins||N/A|
|Engagement Analytics|| Block,|
- What is your experience using these plugins as a source of Learning Analytics?
- Do you know of any other Learning Analytics plugins for use within Moodle not in this list?
- Would you classify these plugins differently?
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