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Use Reports to Track Student Activity in Moodle

Moodle allows instructors to request reports detailing which resources and activities of a course have been accessed, when, and by whom. Moodle produces several kinds of reports:

  • Logs – generates a filtered report showing information about a particular activity or student.
  • Activity report – generates a simple unfiltered report that you can sort by column header showing all activity in the course.
  • Course participation – provides a sortable list showing all class members, with details about a particular resource or activity. You can see who has viewed a resource or submitted an activity.
  • Activity completion – generates a list of all participants and displays whether or not they have completed activities.
    Note: Activity Completion reports are only available if Enable completion tracking is set to Yes in your course. Once the Activity Completion is enabled for the course, instructors can set completion criteria for activites or resources. For more, see: View Activity Completion Report
  • Forum Summary Report - generates a summary report of Forum participation.

Logs

Course logs allow instructors to see when and which resources or activities have been accessed. You can check to see if an individual student has viewed a specific resource or participated in a particular activity. You can limit your search to a specific day or get results for a specified period of time. Logs are particularly helpful to view an individual student's forum posts over the course of the semester.

To request a Log report from Moodle:

  1. On your Moodle course page select Course Management (gear icon Course Management icon (3-gears on gray)). The Course Management panel will open.
  2. From the Course Management panel (gear icon Course Management icon (3-gears on gray)), under User Links, select Logs. The Choose which logs you want to see page will open displaying an array of drop-down menus. Choose one or more options to narrow the search:
    • Course filter – The default is the current course.  
    • Group filter – The default is All groups. Select the list to choose a specific group.
      Note: This menu is only available if Groups is set to Visible groups or Separate groups in Course Settings
    • Participant filter – The default is All participants. Select the list to choose a particular participant.
    • Day filter – The default is All days. Select the list to choose a specific date.
    • Activity filter – The default is All activities. Select the list to narrow the filter to one activity.
    • Action filter – The default is All actions. Select the list to limit the action to Create, View, Update, Delete or All actions.
    • Events filter – Filters include Teaching, Participating and Other. Selecting Teaching filters generates results based on actions a teacher might have taken (e.g., grading a student or creating an activity or resource). Selecting Participating filters generates results based on actions a student or participant might have taken (e.g., posting to a course or making a submission to a Moodle Assignment).
  3. To view the logs, select Get these logs. The page will refresh, displaying logs based on your chosen filters.
  4. To download the report as a file, select the file type from the Download table data as drop-down menu:
      • Comma separated values (.csv)
      • Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)
      • HTML table
      • Javascript Object Notation (.json)
      • OpenDocument (.ods)
      • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
    • Select Download (at right) to download the report file to your computer.

    View Activity Report

    The Activity report is a simple report with no filters that shows all activity in the course.

    To generate the Activity report:

    1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Course Management (gear icon Course Management icon (3-gears on gray)). The Course Management panel will open.
    2. On the Course Management panel, under User Links, select View Activity Report. The Activity report page will open, listing course activities. Items are listed in order of appearance in the course sections.
      • The Activity column shows the icon for the activity type and the name of the activity.
      • The Views column tells you how many times each item has been viewed.
      • The Last access column tells you the date the item was last viewed and the elapsed time since it was last viewed.

    View Course Participation Report

    The Course participation report provides an easy way to monitor general participation in your course. It is particularly useful for monitoring activity in forums. You can see if students have viewed readings or forums, and if (and how many times) they have posted in the forum or activity.

    To generate a Course participation report:

    1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Course Management (gear icon Course Management icon (3-gears on gray)). The Course Management panel will open.
    2. On the Course Management panel, under User Links, select View course participation report. The Course participation page will open. 
    3. Choose your options from the drop-down menus:
      • Activity module – Select the Activity type for which you wish to report (e.g., Chat, Forum, Quiz, etc.).
        Note: Only the activity and resource types used in the course will be listed in this drop-down menu.
      • Look back – Select the period for which you wish to report (you can only go back the number of days since the first activity occurred).
      • Show only – Choose what course role to filter by.
      • Show actions – Choose whether to report on Views, Posts, or both (All Actions).
      • Groups – Choose which groups to filter by.
    4. Once you have set values for the above parameters, select Go. Users matching the criteria you selected will be listed in a table sorted by Name. Under All actions, you can see whether (and how many times) they have completed the action.
    5. To sort the table, select the column header.

    View Activity Completion Report

    When enabled the Activity Completion report shows the completion status of an activity or resource.

    To enable completion tracking:

    1. On your Moodle course page select Course Management (gear icon Settings icon). The Course Management panel will open.
    2. On the Course Management panel, under the Course Settings heading, select Edit course settings. The Edit course settings page will open. 
    3. On the Edit course settings page, under Completion tracking section, locate the dropdown menu next to Enable completion tracking, and select Yes. Select Save and display to return to your course page.

    To set completion criteria:

    1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right). Editing icons and links will appear.
    2. To the right of the Activity or Resource name you wish to set completion criteria, select Edit. The Edit drop-down menu will appear.
    3. From the Edit drop-down menu, select Edit settings. The Edit settings page will open.
    4. On the Edit settings page locate and open Activity completion section. The Actvity completion configuring options will appear. Confingure the criteria for completion.
    5. When configured, select Save.

    To generate Activity completion report:

    1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Course Management (gear icon Course Management icon (3-gears on gray)). The Course Management panel will open.
    2. On the Course Management panel, under User Links, select Activity completion. The Activity completion page will open listing student names and lists of activities or resources configured for completion. The report can also be downloaded in Spreadsheet format (UTF-8 .csv) or Excel-compatiable format (.csv).

    View Forum Summary Report

    The Forum summary report provides an overview of student participation within a Forum activity.

    To generate the Forum summary report:

    1. On your course page, select the link to open the forum. The Forum page will open.
    2. On the Forum page, select the Actions menu (Settings icon). A drop-down list will open.
    3. From this list, select Forum summary report. The Forum summary report page will open listing student activity in the forum. 
      • Number of discussions posted – shows the number of discussions posted by the students
      • Number of replies posted – shows the number of replies posted by the students
      • Number of attachments – shows the number of attachments uploaded to the forum
      • Number of views – shows the total number of times the student has viewed the posts
      • Word count – shows the total number of words used by the student in the forum activity
      • Character count – shows the total number of characters used by the student in the forum activity
      • Earliest post – shows the date the first post was uploaded
      • Most recent post – shows the date of the most recent post
      • Export posts – allows you to export posts for each student in any of the following file types:
        • Comma separated values (.csv).
        • Microsoft Excel (.xlsx).
        • HTML table.
        • Javascript Object Notation (.json).
        • OpenDocument (.ods).
        • Portable Document Format (.pdf).