Learning Analytics tools available in Moodle #MoodleResearch #MoodleWorld

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:

Plugin Type Standard/
Useful for Reported usage*
Logs Report Standard Teachers, Admins, Decision-makers 71.4%
Activity Report Standard Teachers 69.1%
Activity completion Report Standard Teachers 66.3%
Live logs Report Standard Teachers, Admins 55.2%
(Quiz) Statistics Report Standard Teachers 53.0%
(Course) Participation Report Standard Teachers 49.9%
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,
 Third-party  Teachers  N/A
  • 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?

Participate in the Moodle forum thread mentioned in the reference below to help improve the Moodle Research.

Reference: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=322031


Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book "How to use Moodle 2.7". In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User's Association Committee member - the first to make it from India.

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