dr38472

Draft Data Definitions for System Usage in Learn 9.1.2

Blog Post created by dr38472 on Jan 22, 2016

CSU Chico is in the process of developing some definitions and data models to support Learn 9.1.2 information....and would love to see/hear what others are doing. Our first focus is on system usage. Below we have humbly shared our assumptions, course activity definitions and tracked content in the hopes that others will collaborate to make it stronger.  All input and feedback is welcome. Please....poke holes in it, and or share what your doing.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Usage Assumptions

Course assumptions

  • Courses are created via PeopleSoft/BBL integration. This analysis ignores courses that have no instructor or no students.
  • Common learning environments may contain multiple course units within the BBL database, but each CLE is treated as one course in this analysis.
  • In this analysis, courses are considered active if they contain user-created content items greater than those delivered in the default template (more than four items, or more than three types of items).

 

Faculty assumptions

  • All faculty on campus will have a BBL account. This analysis includes faculty in a term if they are enrolled in at least one course during that term.
  • In this analysis, faculty are considered active during a term if they are enrolled in at least one active course.
  • If multiple faculty are enrolled in a course that is active, this analysis will consider all of them active.

 

Student assumptions

  • All matriculated students will have a BBL account. This analysis includes students in a term if they are enrolled in at least one course during that term.
  • In this analysis, students are considered active during a term if they are enrolled in at least one active course.

 

  

Course Activity Definitions

Granular content

Number of content items

 

Does not count folders

+1 if grade center was used

Coarse content

Types of content items

 

Does not count folders

+1 if grade center was used

Ordinal granular

Rates content usage by count

 

None

0-4 items

Low

5-9 items

Medium

10-24 items

High

25+ items

Ordinal coarse

Rates content usage by type

 

None

0-3 types

Low

4 types

Medium

5 types

High

6+ types

Ordinal usage

Overall course usage

 

Takes higher of: ordinal granular, ordinal coarse

Course is active if ordinal usage is 2 or higher

 

In our case, “Low” usage would be any content added beyond what’s provided by our default course template. Future reporting efforts might set “Medium” and “High” usage based on statistical measures such as standard deviations of existing activity counts.

 

We haven’t discussed weighting certain interactive activity types, such as discussion boards, but that may be worth considering in the future.

Content that is tracked:

  • announcements
  • assessments
  • assignments
  • blogs
  • cengage
  • files (content type "file")
  • grade center (1 if used, 0 otherwise)
  • items (content type "item")
  • journals
  • kaltura
  • learning modules
  • lesson plans
  • lynda
  • mashup items
  • mcgraw connect
  • mcgraw-hill
  • module pages
  • nbc items
  • oer finder
  • pearson
  • podcasts
  • turnitin
  • voice boards
  • voice presentations
  • web links
  • wikis
  • wiley
  • wimba classrooms
  • discussion boards

Content that should be added to tracking

This report currently doesn’t track user activity, such as logging in to turn in assignments or check grades. That would require some changes in methodology, though.

Outcomes