So does Moodle do analytics, or what? Yes. Or no.Depending on your idea of analytics.
Wikipedia has a nice definition:"exploring the unique types of data that come from educational settings, and using those methods to better understand students" - Wikipedia entry for Educational Data Mining
Or another way to look at it... Looking at behaviours in the past In order to predict the future.
Such a broad definition...Right now: less interested in telling people what learning analytics are... ...more interested in understanding some of the dimensions which make up peoples perceptions.
Learning analytics: DimensionsThe level of automation The consumer The target The scope
Level of automation Manual Automated inference inference System usesRaw data shown, predefined rules to users draw their predict behaviour. own conclusions.
The consumer Personal Systemic Academic SystemStudent Organisation
The target Personal Systemic Subject OrganisationStudent Faculty
The scope Integrated Isolated Data extracted fromData sourced solely the LMS and from within the combined with other LMS. sources.
Which data drive Moodlesanalytics?Moodle logs: Capture in real time most actions a user performs within the system.
From these data, lots oflocalised reports are possible.
Four questions to ponder: 1. Are all areas of my subject getting traffic?2. Are my students active in critical parts of the subject? 3. Are my students completing the important parts of the subject? 4. Can I set up an automated early warning system?
Live demonstration of four tools: 1. Activity report 2. Participation report 3. Activity completion report 4. Engagement analytics report