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Check out your content usage
Posted by Andy Freed
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
- Log in to your D2L Brightspace Course and click on Content.
- If you aren’t already on the Table of Contents, page, click on that the left side.
- Click on the Related Tools button and select View Reports.
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.
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.