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Check out your content usage

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Let me start with a caveat: web page usage data isn’t perfect. You can’t know if the amount of time listed for a page is accurate, and you certainly can’t guarantee that if someone is viewing the page that they are understanding it. And sometimes students actually download and view content offline, which gives you no idea how much time they have spent with the content. So with that out of the way, I wanted to share how you can take a look at the content usage statics in Brightspace.

Viewing Content Reports

You can bring up a report that shows general information about your content, such as how many students have viewed the pages and approximately what the average amount of time spent on each page was. It’s not an exact science, but it can give you some useful insight in to your own course materials.

To access the reports

  1. Log in to your D2L Brightspace Course and click on Content.
  2. If you aren’t already on the Table of Contents, page, click on that the left side.
  3. Click on the Related Tools button and select View Reports.

Select View Reports from Related Tools under Table of Contents

This will bring up a list of modules and content topics with a column for the number of students who have viewed the topics as well as the average amount of time spent on teach topic.  The time is listed in Hours:Minutes:Seconds, but don’t let that precision fool you. Remember that a student can walk away from their computer and that might be counted.

List of all modules and topics with number of views and average view time

What is useful though is the relative amounts of time spent on the topics. You can generally tell which items students spend more time with. And if the students are spending less time that you expect on a topic, it might be worth investigating why. Maybe adding a video would help break up the content. Or maybe splitting the topic in to pieces would make it easier to digest.

Lastly, There’s a tab that lets you view content usage by user (aka student). It gives you a quick look at who many topics each student has viewed. Again, students may access some of these topics via a direct link (e.g. Discussion Posts), so it should be used for a relative sense of access, not a 100% accurate accounting of student activity.

Shows users and the number of topics visited


About Andy Freed

I'm the Director of Learning Technology & Innovation (LTI!), where I oversee our infrastructure, technical support, and online student services teams. I've been with the College since 2001 and have worked in several positions, from tech... more »

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x (Comment #32912) by Joe Corrado 4 years ago (Comment #32912)

Hey Andy!

Thanks for this useful article on Content reports. I think the listing of # of topics viewed per student is most useful. What are SCORM Reports and why can’t they be accessed?

x (Comment #32914) by Andy Freed 4 years ago (Comment #32914)

Hey Joe, SCORM is a standard for interactive content. Some multimedia authoring tools can create activities that report completion activities back to the LMS. That is what the SCORM reports show – completion info for those activities. You won’t be able to see anything if you don’t use any SCORM activities.

One side note. SCORM is one of those great ideas in concept but really awkward in implementation.

x (Comment #32917) by Debra Lippoldt 4 years ago (Comment #32917)

Thanks, Andy. I use the Course Progress icon a lot when I am trying to look at a specific student’s progress and can include info in the CPN or other communication to note that it appears you have not accessed any content from Week A, B or C. I also might remind them that online courses have same expectations for amount of time spent on the course ‘in’ and out of class as face to face. It is a useful way to connect poor outcomes on assignments with lack of time spent. I don’t pay too much attention to the total minutes as I did learn that is not so accurate. Thanks again.