Reports: Courses Usage Statistics

report_coursestats
Maintained by my profile picture Paulo 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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Paulo Júnior (Lead maintainer)
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  • Ricardo Caiado
    Wed, 4 Oct 2017, 10:09 PM
    Oi,

    Todos os links das Categorias estão dando o seguinte erro, com exceção do link "Todas":

    "Campo "categoryid" não existe na tabela "report_coursestats""

    Ricardo
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Wed, 4 Oct 2017, 10:10 PM
    Oi,

    Todos os links das Categorias estão dando o seguinte erro, com exceção do link "Todas":

    "Campo "categoryid" não existe na tabela "report_coursestats""

    Ricardo

    Usando:
    Moodle v3.1.7
    Courses Usage Statistics v2.0

  • my profile picture
    Wed, 4 Oct 2017, 10:37 PM
    Oi Ricardo.

    A curto prazo, você poderia desinstalar e instalar novamente o plugin. Contudo, saliento que os dados já cadastrados serão perdidos. Vou procurar uma solução para que a atualização do banco de dados seja realizada durante a atualização do plugin.

    Até mais. Paulo.
  • Picture of Glenn Pillsbury
    Thu, 5 Oct 2017, 1:59 AM
    Hi -- Thank you for this plugin. I just installed it, but I am getting a blank white screen after I choose a category and arrive on main.php. Using Moodle 3.3.2.
  • my profile picture
    Thu, 5 Oct 2017, 3:11 AM
    Thanks for the question, Glenn.

    Could you tell me if you have either a blank page or a page with the following message: "There are no courses statistics to be presented at this moment!"?

    Best regards. Paulo.
  • Picture of Mark Jackster
    Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 8:37 PM
    Just wanted to let you know that it works all fine with my Moodle. I used to create my own statistics but it required a lot of time each time... Now it's as easy as just a few clicks smile Thank you!

    Best regards, Marc
  • my profile picture
    Mon, 30 Oct 2017, 11:30 PM
    Dear Mark.

    Thank you a lot for letting us to know about that. It is an important feedback that motivates us to keep contributing with Moodle Community.

    Best regards.
    Paulo.
  • Picture of Alexandre Bento Martins
    Thu, 8 Feb 2018, 2:27 AM
    Quando teremos a versão para o MOODLE 3.4 ?
  • my profile picture
    Thu, 8 Feb 2018, 2:49 AM
    Olá Alexandre.

    Obrigado pelo interesse. Já encontra-se disponível.

    Até mais.
    Paulo.
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    Thu, 12 Apr 2018, 8:50 AM
    That sounds good.
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  • Picture of arnel marquez
    Wed, 2 May 2018, 6:37 PM
    we have 500 and approximately 6000 students using the moodle3.4. After we installed the plugin,
    there was no % per used courses and used courses data. What might be the problem? Any inputs would
    be highly appreciated. thanks.
  • my profile picture
    Wed, 2 May 2018, 8:54 PM
    Dear arnel marquez.

    This plugin records information on demand, i. e., when a user interacts to her/his course, the data regard this interaction will be stored and showed. The plugin does not recovery information before its installation.

    Best regargds.
    Paulo.
  • Picture of arnel marquez
    Thu, 3 May 2018, 11:42 AM
    Thank you Paulo
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