Reports: Courses Usage Statistics

report_coursestats
Maintained by my profile picturePaulo Júnior
That is a Moodle report plugin that helps the admin to known how the courses are being used by users (e.g. as forum, as file repositories or as activities repositories).
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Courses Usage Statistics

In our institution (Federal University of Lavras, Lavras, Brazil - in portuguese, Universidade Federal de Lavras - UFLA, we have an expressive amount of courses in progress (~ 1.7k in just one Moodle instance, called "Campus Virtual"). The sector that coordinates the activities related to the "Campus Virtual" administration is called "Diretoria de Educação à Distância (DIRED)". A question we have made to ourselves is: "how are all these courses being used by the professors?". 

In our preliminary research, we have found three main types of usage:

  • The course is simply used as a communication channel by means of the announcement forum (forum usage is not recorded unless it's a discussion created in the news forum);
  • The course is used as either a repository of files or a repository of URLs to external resources; and
  • The course is effectively used by means of several types of activities, such as Quiz, Chat, Lesson, Wiki, among others.

We believe that the knowledge about the courses usage types is important because this may improve the strategies of training and information dissemination about the resources available in Moodle. However, gathering the statistics of courses usage is not a trivial task, mainly when this is performed in a manual way; the last time we did that, it took us 16 hours of our precious time ;).

Hence, we developed "Courses Usage Statistics"; this is a Moodle report plugin that helps the admin to known how the courses are being used by users (e.g. as forum, as file repositories or as activities repositories). Feel free to use and contribute to this project by improving the plugin functionality or letting us to know about possible bugs existing in its code.

Important: this plugin only records information after it's been installed.

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  • Picture of Abdullah Hasan Tufail
    Mon, Jan 27, 2020, 3:10 PM
    Dear Paulo Júnior,
    Great work here. Please update how to get further information regarding active and inactive courses. For example, for 100+ courses, 60+ courses are inactive. How can I get names of such courses so that those teachers can be contacted?

  • my profile picture
    Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 1:25 AM
    Hi Abdullah Hasan Tufail. Sorry, but I did not understand your need. Actually, the plugin is able to show the name of inactive courses, if "inactive" meaning courses without interactions/activities.
  • Picture of Abdullah Hasan Tufail
    Tue, Feb 4, 2020, 9:31 PM
    Dear Paulo,
    Actually I had a 2.7 version installed, once i updated it to 2.8 version my query was resolved. As I am now able to see the list of both Unused (i.e. Inactive) and Used (Active) courses.
    Though I have one more request. If I (as a MyMoodle site administrator) could assign specific "teachers" with administrative rights so that they could view course usage statistics w.r.t their course categories. This will allow me to delegate course usage monitoring to senior faculty members respectively.
  • my profile picture
    Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 3:34 AM
    Hi Abdullah. Certainly, this is a great feature. It's in our wish list for development...
  • Picture of Sabine Fritsch
    Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 3:46 PM
    Dear Paulo,

    thank you for this great plugin! This is really useful for us.
    I have a question to you:
    Can you explain me how often the analyses are running?
    Yesterday (March, 11, 2020), I did some changes in one course (adding links or documents and deleted tests). So the course is now using as a repository and no longer in use as active course.
    However, the course statistics doesn’t actualize their analyses. The last update date is March, 6, 2020 and the course is still an active course.

    Have you an idea why there is no update?

    Thank you very much for your help!
  • my profile picture
    Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 7:14 PM
    Hi Sabine.

    Thanks for your question. There is an order of relevance about the types of usage of virtual courses: A. as an announcement forum; B. as a file repository; and C. as a framework of activities. Hence, when a professor accesses his/her virtual course for the first time and register a post in the forum, the type of usage of his/her course will be “Announcement Forum”. Later, if he/she accesses the course again and upload a PDF file with class notes for the students, the type of usage of his/her course will become “Repository”. It is considered that the way of using his/her virtual course has progressed. If the professor posts a new message on the announcement forum to advise students that class notes are available, the type of usage of his/her course will remain “Repository”. As the course has already been used as repository, its usage can not be regressed to announcement forum.

    Best regards. Paulo.
  • Picture of Sabine Fritsch
    Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:27 PM
    Hi Paulo,
    thank you very much for your helpful response.

    Best regards
  • Picture of Diego de la Riva
    Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 4:07 AM
    Hi, there is a way to allow users to see the reports without being administrators. For example with a custom role.
  • my profile picture
    Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 8:22 PM
    Dear Diego.

    This is a recurrent question, but, unfortunately, the plugin does not support this feature. We actually intent to develop it in the future.

    Best regards.
    Paulo.
  • Picture of Diego de la Riva
    Mon, Mar 30, 2020, 10:39 PM
    Dear Paulo, thanks for your answer.
    It would be useful to add 2 things: the full name of the course in the usage detail and a list of unused courses.
    Best regards.
    Diego.
  • my profile picture
    Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 4:05 AM
    Dear Diego.

    It is a pleasure to inform you that we implemented the first issue you mentioned (plugin version: 2.9). However, we do not understand the second one, since the plugin already has a link that redirect the user to the list of unsed courses.

    Best regards. Paulo.
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 4:39 AM
    Oi, alguma previsão para lançar uma versão compatível com M3.9+?
  • my profile picture
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 10:12 PM
    Olá Ricardo.

    Já atualizei a versão. Agradecemos pelo interesse.

    Até mais.
    Paulo.
  • Picture of Damion Martin
    Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 3:24 AM
    Hello,

    I recently installed the plugin on my Test site. I'm not seeing the field "User profile field" to add users first and last name under the column section. Am I missing anything?
  • my profile picture
    Sat, Sep 5, 2020, 3:30 AM
    Hi, Damion. This plugin does not contain "User profile field". Are you sure it is about this plugin?
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