I have a course with 200+ "students." I would like an easy way to figure out who has not logged in during the previous week.
Is there an easy way to do this?
I realize that I can check logs and go user by user, but this starts to look like work with too many users.
This may not be the forum for this question, but I figure someone could point me in the right place at least.
Hi Thomas, I thought that the attendance module would do this. The fantastic activity graphs show some great information about the Moodle online click-through behavious.
Perhaps it would be better to remove the neglected Attendance module and create a new administration link called "Attendance". Instead of the swag of detail provided in the "course logs", this will allow a teacher to map out the course engagement for students and course by viewing some summary statistics (number of quizes completed, journals edited, resources etc).
One of these views can indicate all the the students that have logged in, perhaps replacing the attendance module.
I too badly need a good descriptive tool that will give the attendance information succintly! Graphs to show how many logged on the site each day, graphs to show how many contributed/posted, possibly graphs that would have participants' name on their horizontal axes, for instance. I don't see any module called "attendance" in our moodle classroom. Do we have to download it separately?
I am the researcher in charge of following up our cohorts in our leadership development courses. We are building 5 streams with different cohorts, 18 months duration and 60 participants per cohort.
Can you point me to:
a. a good description tool (not the longs lists of logs... unless there is an explanation somewhere on how to take the data out of the data base and into excel... I read one of Martin's article where he says "logs of all activities performed in the website appear as information that can be manipulated withing a spreadsheet to identify relationships" but have no idea how to do this...
b. published research articles about using this data and graphs to make a point (possibly about how students learned)
Is there a forum for researchers that would address data analysis from Moodle?
I am thinking of something along the lines of WebCT's Track Students tool, which neatly displays the following info for students enrolled in one given course:
Personal Information Access Information Articles
Full Name User ID First Access Last Access Hits Items Read Posted
(where Articles = Forum discussions in Moodle)
All we have available at the moment is the "people" block, which gives a list of the particpants with their login status (Never or time elapsed since last login). This is not very helpful, and if more details are needed, then the only way is to click on a students' name, which gives too many details and we lose the "class" overview. What is needed is something in between the "minimal" participants list with login dates and the detailed "individual" data.
In the present block: people -> participants -> the list looks like this:
First name / Surname City/town Country Last access
John Smith Rennes France 25 days 23 hours
John Doe Rennes France 5 days 3 hours
a) I personally do not find it very useful to have Last access displayed as time elapsed and would find it clearer to have this as a date & time instead (but this is a matter of taste)
b) I really need not one column where first name & last name are put together, but 2 separate columns, sortable, of course. In the present system it is possible to sort the "First name/Surname" column on either First Name or Surname, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, when you do a sort on e.g. Surname, then Surnames are displayed in alphabetical order but, unfortunately First Names are not, which means we can have the following:
Peter Smith Rennes France 25 days 23 hours
John Smith Rennes France 5 days 3 hours
What is needed here is that when a primary sort is wanted on First Name a secondary sort be done on Surname, and vice versa.
I'd be grateful if someone could suggest ways of overcoming these problems.
PS Regarding the display of data about students' visits & activity in Moodle in general, I do not care much about graphics being displayed (they are useful, of course) but what I need in order to track my students' activity are data downloadable in Excel format, for further examination, etc.