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Moodle and Analytics   Past, present and future
So many users…So much data!But where are the analytics?
What is it  that we  actuallymean when  we say‘analytics’?
Wikipedia has a nice definition:"exploring the unique types of data that come  from educational settings, and using those ...
Or another way to look at it...                       Looking at                     behaviours in the                    ...
Such a broad definition...Right now: we’re less interested in telling  people what learning analytics are...  ...more inte...
Learning analytics: DimensionsThe level of automation    The consumer      The target      The scope
1. Level of automation   Manual                  Automated   inference                inferenceRaw data shown,            ...
2. The consumer  Personal                   Systemic          Academic                  SystemStudent              Organis...
3. The target  Personal                  Systemic             Unit               OrganisationStudent               Faculty
4. The scope    Isolated                     Integrated                            Data extracted fromData sourced solely ...
Which data drive Moodlesanalytics?Moodle logs:   Capture in real time most actions a user         performs within the syst...
Question: can we draw more sophisticated    inferences?
Extension Example:Engagement Analytics            Courtesy of a joint project between          Phillip Dawson of Monash Un...
Engagement trigger settings   Set with   sensible   defaults,   but can be   modified at   the course   level.
Engagement Block
Engagement report
Dimensions for these analytics?                Automation: Mostly no,                 a little yes.                Consume...
Where to from here?A few paths of attack:1.  More Moodle plugins2.  Third-party tools with integration points3.  Integrate...
Moodle plugins1.  Moodle Progress Bar2.  Configurable reports3.  Analytics & Recommendations block4.  Totara reports (unde...
Dimensions for these analytics?                Automation: A mixture                 of both.                Consumer: Mai...
Third-party products1.  Blackboard Analytics2.  Starfish EARLY ALERT3.  Probably others...
Dimensions for these analytics?                Automation: Mostly                 automated.                Consumer: More...
Integrated Data Stores                       Virtual           Moodle                       Rooms                         ...
Data Warehouses:Probably the right way of doing learning  analytics properly...                       ... and also the har...
Dimensions for these analytics?                Automation: Various.                Consumer: More                 focused ...
Challenges for analytics:     Where do we focus our efforts in 2013?            Small, simple, isolated plugins?        A ...
Thanks!
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  1. 1. Moodle and Analytics Past, present and future
  2. 2. So many users…So much data!But where are the analytics?
  3. 3. What is it that we actuallymean when we say‘analytics’?
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Or another way to look at it... Looking at behaviours in the past In order to predict the future.
  6. 6. Such a broad definition...Right now: we’re less interested in telling people what learning analytics are... ...more interested in understanding some of the dimensions which make up peoples perceptions.
  7. 7. Learning analytics: DimensionsThe level of automation The consumer The target The scope
  8. 8. 1. Level of automation Manual Automated inference inferenceRaw data shown, System uses users draw their predefined rules to own conclusions. predict behaviour.
  9. 9. 2. The consumer Personal Systemic Academic SystemStudent Organisation
  10. 10. 3. The target Personal Systemic Unit OrganisationStudent Faculty
  11. 11. 4. The scope Isolated Integrated Data extracted fromData sourced solely the LMS and from within the combined with other LMS. sources.
  12. 12. Which data drive Moodlesanalytics?Moodle logs: Capture in real time most actions a user performs within the system.
  13. 13. Question: can we draw more sophisticated inferences?
  14. 14. Extension Example:Engagement Analytics Courtesy of a joint project between Phillip Dawson of Monash University and NetSpot, supported by the NetSpot Innovation Fund.
  15. 15. Engagement trigger settings Set with sensible defaults, but can be modified at the course level.
  16. 16. Engagement Block
  17. 17. Engagement report
  18. 18. Dimensions for these analytics? Automation: Mostly no, a little yes. Consumer: Mainly Lecturer focused. Target: Subject focused. Scope: Isolated.
  19. 19. Where to from here?A few paths of attack:1.  More Moodle plugins2.  Third-party tools with integration points3.  Integrated Data Stores
  20. 20. Moodle plugins1.  Moodle Progress Bar2.  Configurable reports3.  Analytics & Recommendations block4.  Totara reports (under investigation)5.  Course Dedication block6.  Probably others...
  21. 21. Dimensions for these analytics? Automation: A mixture of both. Consumer: Mainly Lecturer focused. Target: Subject or individual focused. Scope: Isolated.
  22. 22. Third-party products1.  Blackboard Analytics2.  Starfish EARLY ALERT3.  Probably others...
  23. 23. Dimensions for these analytics? Automation: Mostly automated. Consumer: More focused at decision- makers. Target: Various. Scope: Integrated.
  24. 24. Integrated Data Stores Virtual Moodle Rooms e- SIS PortfolioLecture LibraryCapture Data System Warehouse + Analytics
  25. 25. Data Warehouses:Probably the right way of doing learning analytics properly... ... and also the hardest.Numerous NetSpot clients already undertaking DW projects with data sourced from Moodle.
  26. 26. Dimensions for these analytics? Automation: Various. Consumer: More focused at decision- makers. Target: Various. Scope: Integrated.
  27. 27. Challenges for analytics: Where do we focus our efforts in 2013? Small, simple, isolated plugins? A larger, cross-platform framework? Relationship with groups like http://www.solaresearch.org/ ?
  28. 28. Thanks!

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