Blocks: Analytics graphs

block_analytics_graphs
Maintained by Picture of Marcelo Schmitt Marcelo Schmitt
Block that generates graphs intendend to facilitate pedagogical decisions. The graphs have zoom capabilities and allow fast communication with students through email.
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Stuart Mealor
Sunday, 19 March 2017, 5:09 AM
Usability
8/10
Accessibility
9/10
Technical
9/10
General comments

There are quite a few attempts at writing plugins that provide analytics data.  Administrators have to be careful because many of these rely on other (often paid) external services, and other plugins arrive with a fanfare, but are not then maintained.  This Analytics graphs Block started life in 2012, and has been continually upgraded through to Moodle 3.2.

The documentation link appears to direct to a page in Portuguese, and the Website URL is the GitHub page (with no additional documentation).  I feel that if this plugin had better documentation, and a way of showing how dynamic and really useful the various reports are, it would likely be a lot more popular.

You can try this Block our for real on our public plugins site: http://plugins.moodlebites.com 

Usability

The screenshots on the plugin Documentation page do a good job of capturing the main functionality of the Block, but understandably cannot convey how dynamic and flexible this Block is to use for real - it's great !  All the graphs and data can be downloaded as various image formats and data (e.g. pdf, xls, csv) which means the data can be further analysed or incorporated into reports.  It can feel a tiny bit slow now and again, but that's just a consequence of dealing with large amounts of data, and drawing the very good graphics ... which are worth the wait smile

The Block is well presented, with clear and concise links, and navigation and clicking on elements feel intuative.

Accessibility

We haven't detected any major accessibility issues.  Of course this Block is for Teachers (and perhaps Managers and Administrators) so doesn't impact on Students use in terms of accessibility.

Technical

We have noticed no performance impact in courses using this plugin.