I notice a lot of people in the Moodle community, lately, asking about Moodle analytics, but there’s a problem. The question is kind of general, and while it’s not one of those cases of “this means two different things”, it does need a little context, to advise on it.
Fortunately, with Moodle analytics, I think I can touch on the different connotations of this soundly, in one go. We’re going to try, and I think we can clarify this a little bit.
What I Mean:
Well, there are a few categories you may be researching, by way of context, with this term. They’re related, but they individual things as well. You could mean tools for capturing and handling analytics in Moodle, or you could mean the different analytics or statistics that you should be paying attention to or ignoring in different circumstances.
Clearly, these go hand in hand, but call for different angles when being addressed, to a certain extent. Not to worry, though, because in the right order of being addressed, they flow into one another fairly well.
Tools for Analytics:
Moodle, on its own, captures a lot of the analytics you mainly deal with fairly well, really. Most of the time, you can function well enough just using Moodle properly and to the fullest effect and never feel like you’re missing out on more power in this aspect.
Nonetheless, if you want more analytics or more automation to it all, there are a myriad of plugins and blocks which can be installed for additional analytics. There’s, for example an Engagement block which is incredibly useful for measuring how well your students are motivated and interested by your material and method of teaching.
There are also tools to bring in semi-related analytics that may pertain to how you’re doing things, such as a Google Analytics snippet tool, and the like as well.
If you want to be forward thinking and modern, and you use onboard tutorial software like WalkMe to handle aspects of the training and practice Moodle is decidedly not meant to tackle, then you also have the Moodle plugin and the analytics tool from this, to tie in for some interesting and impressive results.
Now, when it comes to specific analytics you should be paying attention to, your immediate thought is going to be the data from tests, quizzes, projects and the like.
Well, yeah, whatever grading system and testing system you use is going to be a definite source of analytics to watch. But more than this, you’ll be wanting ratios of things completed or not, based on topic or type, frequency of requests for assistance with things, or clarification of things as well.
You’ll also want to pay very close attention what is being searched in the Moodle installation’s wiki system, as this shows how students research, how well you’re conveying that is more important within the learning, and again, where people are struggling.
Honestly, I could go on forever with this side of it, so I’ll just stop here and say those are probably the biggest analytics to worry about. If the exotic ones that I mentioned being possible via additions sound useful to you, then by all means make avail of them!
But, that’s about all there is to say about Moodle analytics in such a general coining of the phrase. But, I think I’ve sorted this out nicely.