Renee Carney

Analytics 2: Participation Measures

Discussion created by Renee Carney Administrator on Jan 29, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 16, 2018 by Linnea Thompson

We're planning to include online participation measures in Analytics 2, and need your input on how we define participation and why tracking participation matters.


Please join in the open-ended discussion here, or jump straight into our survey.


Why should we measure learner participation? Here are some reasons we've heard:

  • So teachers can identify at-risk students
  • So teachers can understand how participation relates to performance
  • So students can reflect and improve their participation
  • So course designers can understand content usage
  • To foster a class community


With these reasons in mind, we would look at both a single measure of participation, as well as categorizing participation into different types of interactions:

  • Content interactions, e.g. module views, page views, videos loaded
  • Assessment interactions, e.g. assignment submissions, submission comments, annotations
  • Social interactions, e.g. discussion replies, conversation messages, peer reviews



We expect that Participation in Analytics 2 would…

  • Measure a student's participation relative to other students
  • Be based primarily on weighted counts of interactions
  • Give teachers the ability to turn it on or off
  • Let teachers drill-down from participation >> interaction type >> specific tool usage
  • Show students a view of their participation


What do you think of these ideas for Analytics 2?


Feel free to reply below or take our survey on participation in Analytics 2