7 Ways to Get Started with Analytics & Reports in Moodle

February 5, 2015 By Moodle

Learning analytics and elearning reporting offer insights into the progress of learners and ensure that objectives are being met. Viewing trends of participation, submissions and other data can assist educators in improving the online education experience, vastly helping retention rates and student successes. Here we explore 7 ways to view trends, analytics and data in your Moodle site.

1. Events Monitoring 
A new feature introduced within Moodle 2.8, events monitoring allows admins and teachers to receive notification when certain events happen in Moodle. Watch the events monitor in action here and explore some event examples.

2. Overview Statistics 
This plugin produces site and course report charts including user login, countries, preferred languages, number of courses by category, number of courses by size and enrolled users. This extends the core feature of statistics in a Moodle site. View the Overview Statistics Plugin here.

3. Site-Wide Reports
Moodle administrators have access to a variety of powerful and useful site-wide reports for learning analytics, including security, question instances, logs and comments. Read more about site-wide reports here.

4. Engagement Analytics 
Engagement Analytics block provides information about student progress against a range of indicators and student activities which have been identified by current research to have an impact on student success in an online course. Be aware that this plugin is not yet supported for Moodle 2.8 and requires mod and block plugins. Discover the Engagement Analytics plugin here.

5. Logs 
These activity reports can be viewed by the administrator at the teacher level, site level and with live logs. View the documentation on Logs for further insights.

6. Forum Graph 
The Forum Graph Report analyse interactions in a single Forum activity and create a force-directed graph using the D3.js Javascript library. Please note that this plugin is not yet supported for Moodle 2.8. Find out more about the Forum Graph plugin here.

7. Analytics (Piwik & Google) 
This local Moodle Module adds Analytics, currently supports 3 Analytics modes, Piwik, Google Universal Analytics and Google Legacy Analytics. Please note that this plugin is not yet supported for Moodle 2.8. Read more about the plugin here.