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Moodle is an online tool that allows educators to interact with students outside the classroom and manage a course from anywhere. In Moodle Essential Training for Teachers, Chris Mattia shows how this program works for teachers on three levels: disseminating information, creating a forum where ideas are exchanged, and assessing the progress of students. Chris shows how to build course materials with Moodle's HTML editor, post assignments, and save time by using Moodle's grade book to evaluate tests automatically and organize scores. Exercise files accompany the course.
Moodle gives you access to a variety of reports that you can use to examine data of how your users have been using your course. To run these reports, go over to the Administration block and click on the link for Reports. You can then set up the various different parameters of how you want to view the log files that have been created for your students. You can then run this series of reports by first selecting the course that you want to see the logs for, the groups that you want to see the logs for, if you are interested only in a particular participant, or user of your course, or All participants, you can then select the date range that you want your logs for, in our case, we'll select All days.
Then you can select the type of activity that you want to select for. In our case, we'll go ahead and leave this set to All activities. You can then choose to see all the actions or only when somebody has viewed a particular item. You can then choose to display the result either in your browser or download a Text file and open document file or an Excel formatted file. We'll go ahead and leave this set to Display on page and click on the Get these logs button. The log file is displayed for you. We can see all the activity that's taking place inside of our course. You're given the date and time stamp, the IP Address that the user was accessing your Moodle course from, the Full name of the user, the action that they took and any specific information about their course.
Let's go ahead and return back to the Reports listing by clicking on the link for Reports in the upper left hand corner of our screen. There is also activity reports that we can run. If you want to look at live logs from the past hour, simply click on the Live logs link and then you get a display that shows any current activity that's taken place over the past hour. This report updates every 60 seconds and your browser should automatically refresh with the new data. This way you can watch as users are logging in and logging out and monitor what materials that they are using inside of your course. Let's go ahead and close this window and look at the Activity report.
The Activity report lists every activity inside of your course and the number of page views that that activity has gotten by all the included users. It also shows the last time that activity was viewed by any user in your course. Let's return back to our Reports menu by clicking on the Reports link in the upper left and then click on the Participation report. We can then choose which activity module that we want to investigate. In our case, we'll look at Project Ideas. Then we can look back a certain number of days. We'll go ahead and select two weeks and then choose the type of user that we want to see. We want to see all of the students, show all their actions and click the Go button.
Now, we see all the different students listed out here. We can select individual students and then choose some activity such as Add/Send a message to them or we can simply click on the student's name. In this case, let's go ahead and click on Elvis and we are taken to Elvis's individual profile. If we go over to the far right hand side, there is an Activities report for each user. Click on the Activity report tab and now you can see every activity that this user has done inside of your course. The course is broken down by week, you can see each activity listed, you can see the time that they accessed the file including the Grade that was assigned if it was a graded assignment.
If we scroll back up to the top, we can also see there is a link for Complete work where we get to see all the different activities that the student has done with links to any data that's been entered by that student. So here for the assignment on Project Ideas, we can see those submissions that Elvis made. We will go ahead and scroll back to the top. We can look at Today's logs to look at just the activity that this user has conducted on this particular day. We can look at the All Logs link and see for the entire course of the semester which days the student has been accessing the information inside of our course.
Overtime, you should see a variety of different bars here where the student is logging in and accessing the materials in your course. This is a great way to keep track of your students to make sure that they are constantly logging in and interacting with the materials inside of your course. You can also click on the link for Grade and it gives a detailed summary of all the grades for this particular user. Let's go ahead and return back to our course now by clicking on the BIOL432 link in the upper left hand corner.
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