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Site Analytics

Site Analytics provides self-service access to a set of five standard reports with a focus on learning, teaching and student engagement within an Interact2 subject site. Reports can be generated at any time during a session, providing a near-time means of viewing student activity data, thus allowing teaching staff to gain insights into learner engagement and performance. Reports are derived from student accesses to the subject site, number of interaction clicks, time spent in the site, and the number of site submissions. Activity data is current as at 1am each day; however, reports do not integrate any data originating outside the subject site.

Using the Interact2 site navigation menu within the subject site, select:

Control Panel >  Evaluation >  Site Analytics.

The five reports are:

  • Site at-a-Glance
  • Site Access and Grade Scatter Plot
  • Activity and Grade Matrix
  • Content Access Statistics
  • Student Compared to Subject Average (a student at-a-glance drill down report within any of the above generated reports)

Important to note: Site Analytics reports do not require you to turn on Statistics Tracking in content areas in order to gain student activity data.

Resources that provide guidance in greater depth on Site Analytics and educational data are available in the DOMS Learning Analytics Collection.

For individualised queries or support in using the Site Analytics reports or data analytics in general, contact the Adaptive Learning & Teaching team through the SRS icon located on your CSU computer desktop or by using this link:

Site At-a-Glance

This report delivers a breadth of summary information about an individual subject – a bird’s eye view of what’s going on inside of the subject: e.g. looking at patterns, low points and high points of activity, etc. The report helps to analyse how students are engaging and performing in the subject when compared to the average of all students enrolled in the subject. The generated report may also be useful in analysing how a particular subject is designed.

The report top section includes comparisons to the School average for Site Accesses, Minutes, Interactions and Submissions. Accesses refer to the number of times students enter the site, Interactions refer to their activity (clicks) within the site and Submissions refer to the number of posts within the site to forums, test, wikis, journals, etc.  Submissions do not refer to assessments submitted outside the Interact2 learning management system, for instance, using EASTS or other online technology.

The lower part of the report is a Student Activity Summary, providing an individual student breakdown with several measures showing how students in your subject are using and performing in the site compared to the average of all students enrolled in the subject. Clicking on a student's name opens up a more detailed view of that student's subject activity compared to the subject average.

See farther below for more details on the Student Compared to Site Average report.

Activity and Grade Matrix

The Activity Matrix report displays student current grade in Grade Centre and activity data (Interactions) on a relative basis for all students in a subject site. The relative comparison between students is on the basis of statistical deciles, which divide the grade and activity data into ten equal parts. The results are presented graphically through a heat map colour scheme from blue (highest, or 1st decile) to red (lowest, or 10th decile). Each student is assigned a matrix category as follows:

Active & Higher Grade; Inactive & Higher Grade; Active & Lower Grade; or Inactive & Lower Grade

A drill-down Activity & Grade Matrix Details report is available for each student by clicking on a listed student's name.

The report can help analyse grade patterns and activity in a subject, and identify students with atypical usage and performance profiles, both of which could be used to support differentiated learning approaches or trigger supportive interventions.

Content Access Statistics

This report provides data on content items within an Interact2 subject site, including the distinct number of students who access the item, dates of access and average time on the item. The report lists all content items from the subject in table format, initially ordered alphabetically according to content name.

More detailed access information is available for each content item by clicking the corresponding (+) icon. This will display a breakdown of all students who have accessed that content item, ordered alphabetically by last name, including dates of access and average time on an item.

This type of report is useful in determining where students are spending most of their time and an indication of content items that are not used perhaps as frequently as your intended in your learning design.

Site Access and Grade Scatter Plot

The Site Access and Grade Scatter Plot report compares the number of times a student accesses the Interact2 subject site against their current mark in Grade Centre. The resultant scatterplot presents in a visual way the distribution of student access to a subject site against their current grade in Grade Centre.

The X-Y scatter graph plots students enrolled in a subject against two sets of data, as a general measure of student engagement:

*             Grade Centre External Grade (this is set to Cumulative Mark by default); and

*             Subject Access.

A student's access is captured based on an action initiated by a student, as in logging into Interact2 and selecting the subject.  It is therefore a general measure of activity in a subject site. Each student is represented by a blue dot on a scatter graph. Hovering over a dot reveals the student's name, and clicking the dot provides a drill-down (Student Compared to Site Average) report on that particular student.

A linear regression line is drawn across the scatterplot, helping to determine if there is a positive or negative correlation between the Grade Centre mark and student subject site accesses. The visual presentation makes it quickly apparent which students are following learning actions that may not be appropriate in achieving their desired learning outcomes.

This report can help analyse how the activity of students does (or does not) relate to the grade recorded in Grade Centre, and may be the basis of initiating supporting interventions with individuals and groups.

Student Compared to Site Average

This individual student report presents summary information about a student and their activity in a subject site, along with comparative information against all other students in that same subject.

The following measures are displayed for a student: Site Accesses; Time in Subject; Interactions; Submissions; and Grade Centre Total Score. Below this section are four comparative line charts that show a student's activity compared to the average activity for all students in the subject; activity is grouped by week.

From the bottom part of the report screen, for each piece of subject content the student has visited, an access count and date accessed is listed for that student.

The report can help teaching staff see how much a particular student is using a subject site compared to the other students in the same subject.