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Faculty - Blackboard Analytics Course at a Glance Report

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Faculty - Blackboard Analytics Course at a Glance Report

 

This document will review and explain one of the preset Blackboard Analytic reports available to the instructor within each course.  It contains a brief description of the report, an explanation of how to run the report, and an explanation of each area within the report.

 

Video - Blackboard Analytics: Course At a Glance Report (Captioned) - Video Length: 00:05:35

 

Course At-a-Glance

This report provides summary information about a Blackboard course and relative information against a group of other Blackboard courses in the same academic department and type of course. 

Instructors can use these reports to analyze: 

  • How many times students access the course and how long students are spending in the course,
  • How the course compares to the average of other Courses in the same department, and
  • How the students in the course are using and performing in the course compared to the average of all students enrolled in the Course.

After the report has been run, the course’s activity can be compared to the department average in several ways. The students enrolled in the course are also compared to the Course average. 

Course at a Glance report screen shot


 

How to Access Course At -a-Glance

1. Under the Control Panel, click the  Evaluation  button.

2. Under Evaluation, click  Course Analytics.
3. Click on  Course At-a-Glance  to run the report. 

 

 

Learn Course Information   

Several of the reports contain the Learn Course Information at the top. Located below is a description of each, how it is pulled, and what the identifiers mean. 

Course at a Glance - course information screen shot

Instructor  : The person teaching the course based on information pulled from Datatel (Colleague).

Instructor and Course ID fields

Course ID: Pulled from Datatel (Colleague).
Term: The year and semester.  Term and Status fields screen shot 
Status: The course active (currently running) or inactive (previous semesters). 
Instruction Method: Used to determine if the course is face-to-face, hybrid, or online. This is used to compare like courses within the department.

 Instruction Method and Students Enrolled fields screen shot

Students Enrolled: The number of students enrolled in this particular course. 
College: Pulled based upon MCCC’s division. 

College and Department fields screen shot 

Department: Pulled based on MCCC’s discipline/department.
Section: (red) The color of your section when looking at the graphs and grids on the reports.

This Section vs. all sections key - screen shot

Compared to Division
(# Sections):
Identifies how many other courses the data is comparing to based on Delivery Method, College, Term, and Department.
Department Avg.: Averages of the other courses in the same department during the same term.  
  Course Accesses Avg. vs. Department Avg.: The average number of times the enrolled students accessed the Course per week, compared to the department average for the same instruction method.

Accesses average versus department average graph screen shot

  Submission Avg. vs. Department Avg.: The average number of submissions made by the enrolled students during the selected term, compared to the department average for the instructional method.

Submission average versus department average graph screen shot

  Interaction Avg. vs. Department Avg.: The average number of actions the enrolled students initiated in the context of the Course during the selected term, compared to the department average per course for the same term. Many types of student actions can lead to an interaction being logged, such as accessing a course item, clicking a link, clicking on folder, etc.

Interaction average versus department average graph screen shot

  Minutes Avg. vs. Department Avg.:  The average amount of time (in minutes) the enrolled students spent in the Course during the selected term, compared to the department average for the same term. Minutes average versus department average graph screen shot 
Course Item Count vs. Department Avg.  Displays course item measures for the selected Course compared to the department average.     

Course item count versus department average chart screen shot

  Assessment: The count of assessments (e.g. items, files, etc.) in the selected Course compared to department average. When the report references Assessment and Submissions, Analytics is referring to the information located under the Assessment button.      
 

Assessment items versus department average

  Content: The count of content items (e.g. pages, documents, etc.) in the selected Course compared to the department average per course. When the report references Content it is referring to the type of materials located under the Build Content button.   

 

Content items versus department average screen shot

  Tool: The count of tools (e.g. discussion forums, blogs, journals, etc.) in the selected Course compared to the department average per course. When the report references Tools, Analytics is referring to the information located under the Tools button.  

  Tools used compared to department average 

 

Avg. Activity per Student vs. Department Avg. Displays activity measures for the selected course compared to the department average.  
  Accesses: The average course accesses per student for the entire term in the selected Course compared to the department average. 

percent of items accessed versus department average chart

  Minutes: The average amount of time per student for the entire term in the selected Course compared to the department average.  
  Interactions: The average interactions per student for the entire term in the selected Course compared to the department average. Many types of student actions can lead to an interaction being logged, such as clicking on folders, links, accessing a course item, etc.  
  Submissions: The average number of Assignment, Blog, Discussion, Journal, Safe Assignment, Survey, and Test submissions per student for the entire term in the selected Course compared to the department average.  

 

Student Activity Summary  

The Student Activity Summary displays the enabled students enrolled in the selected Course along with several measures, comparing a given student against the average of other students enrolled in the same course.

  • This portion of the report can help analyze student trends and averages of course accesses, minutes, interactions, and submissions for each individual student. 

Using this information, instructors can reach out to individual students who perform below the trend.

Student Activity summary screen shot

Student and Date of Last Access: The student name includes the Student ID number. The Date of Last Access indicates the last time the student was in your Blackboard course site. These columns are sortable.

Student name and ID number and Date of Last access column

  Instructors can click on a student’s name to see the student view of Analytics. In the “Compared to Course Average Report”, any reference to ‘You’ means the specific student.   

Student view of course analytics screen shot

 Note:
 
  The following colors are conditionally displayed for all measures.    Student Activity Summary key
Course Accesses: The number of times the selected student accessed the course during the selected term, compared to the average number of course accesses for the other students enrolled in the same course. This column is sortable.    Course Accesses screens shot
Minutes: The total amount of time (in minutes) that a given student has spent in the Course compared to the average time spent by all of the other students enrolled in the same course. This column is sortable.   Student minutes versus average screen shot  
Interactions: The total number of interactions for a given student in the Course compared to the average interactions by the other students enrolled in the same course. 
Submissions: The total number of submissions for a given student in the Course compared to the average submissions by the other students enrolled in the same course.   Student submissions and grade center score screen shot  
Grade Center Score: Each student’s grade center grade (which uses the External Grade column), compared to the average of the other students enrolled in the same course.

 

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