Am I imagining that you seem to be saying it will let you gather data
by tool type and roles and therefore gives data with some sense of
pedagogical style / level of activty in a Bb Course (module/unit)? Is
this just wishful thinking on my part?
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From: Peter Rayment <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Date: 1/17/2013 09:28 AM
Subject: Re: Analytics / Blackboard
Following on from Hendriks answer
We have also put in place Google analytics which does provide a lot of
useful information. One thing that the EesyAnalytics provides that
Google doesn't is that it will display the access to areas in Blackboard
by different roles. I am thinking that in combination Google Analytics
and EesyAnalytics should provide us with pretty much everything that we
need to gather with regard to system access and use. I am hoping that
the statistics gained will help to guide strategy and resource
allocation in the future.
By the way I believe that any UK customer can get a free 30 day trial
of EesyAnalytics if you would like to see what it can do and whether it
would provide the answer to your questions.
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From: "H. van der Sluis"
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Date: 17/01/2013 08:40AM
Subject: Re: Analytics / Blackboard
At Kingston University we explored the use of client-sided data
collection with Google Analytics on Blackboard.
Just putting a tracking code on Blackboard will not provide you with
much meaningful analytics accept for the usual web metrics, such as
number of visitors, demographics and server download times.
However, with customisation it is possible to obtain a very rich
insight in it usage on an institutional level. By setting goals on URL
snippets it becomes possible to track the visits/usage of almost all
functionality and applications within blackboard. I documented the
settings of our customisation at http://goo.gl/a7Gmh. I’m sorry
but it didn’t fit in one blog post.
Google Analytics has obvious limitation, because not individual id etc
are collected it mainly provides analytics on an institutional level,
although a fair degree of filtering can be done on a module level, by
taking the course id. It provides a rich insight in e.g. the usage of
social and interactive tools which has be used to inform staff
development and used in discussion to illustrate growing use of certain
tools. In many respect the analytics has surprised us, on the other hand
it has confirmed anecdotal and observed usage of the VLE.
One other advantage is that besides from the initial customisation and
maintenance it does not require a huge amount of investment, although
that might change over time. And it does not require much technical
knowhow, although some understanding of html and web-analytics will be
Currently we are comparing client-sided data collection with
server-sided data collection to attempt some form of validation. It is a
debatable comparison, both data collection methods are different and in
most occasions record in different units. But initial results of logins
for example indicate a very strong correlation, and it is likely that
both methods show similar trends.
More than happy to discuss things in more detail.
Hendrik van der Sluis
Academic E-developer & Researcher
On 16 January 2013 15:36, Peter Rayment <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi Gary
> We have just started looking at Eesysoft Analytics, we already have
> Help system and are looking at the capabilities of the Analytics
> (http://www.eesysoft.nl/) which I believe is being used by a number
> We have deployed it on our Blackboard system, and it provides very
> interesting information, this is quite customisable. Currently we
> started mapping points in the system to monitor, for example access
> discussion boards or wikis. The results can then be displayed
> showing the numbers of people of each role that are accessing that
> monitoring point.
> I am hoping that it will facilitate us in the focusing of Support
> Training Materials, plus pro active promotion of Learning System
> Also I am hoping it will allow us to see the results of campaigns
> changes to the system over both the short and long term.
> We would also be able to surface currently unavailable information
> statistics by role) to key stakeholders within the University to
> demonstrate activity and levels of interaction within the
> If you are interested in seeing a demo of EesyAnalytics the person
> contact is Michel Visser his email address is
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> Peter Rayment
> Learning Technology Manager
> Cardiff University
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> From: CLAY Gary
> Sent by: Blackboard/Courseinfo userslist
> Date: 16/01/2013 03:11PM
> Subject: Analytics / Blackboard
> Hi all - I've been asked to try and find out what is happening in
> community with regard to utilising analytics with Blackboard. I'd
> interested to know therefore
> 1) how are institutions making use of analytics?
> 2) what software are you using?
> 3) what sort of things are you gleaning from this?
> 4) who makes use of the outputs from this?
> 5) has anything changed as a result of using analytics compared to
> things were before you used them?
> Gary Clay
> Learning Development Manager
> Learning Development and Innovation
> Staffordshire University
> Beaconside Campus
> Stafford ST18 0AD
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