The Engagement page aims to provide the educator with information extracted from the teaching and learning system with whom the student engages with in the course of learning. It is critical to note, that the information provided should only be used as a guide and not as a measure of academic success. Although student engagement with teaching and learning systems has been proven to correlate to better academic performance, a student may still perform well without active use of these systems. 

Insights to Investigate

Course Videos

This section focuses on providing a comparison between filtered and unfiltered data related to video views and pauses on the edX and Blackboard learning platforms. 

Total Video Plays 

The total video plays graph will display the Top 10 course videos on the edX and Blackboard platforms, based on the total number of times students play the videos.

video plays graph

Total Video Pauses

The total video pauses graph will display the Top 10 course videos on the edX and Blackboard platforms, based on the total number of times students pause the videos.

video pauses graph

edX Edge and Blackboard Engagement

  • Overall Engagement: Displays the average activity pattern per student calculated across all criteria (i.e. overall, mobile/tablet/desktop, on-/off-campus). 
  • Engagement via Mobile, Tablet and Desktop: Indicates the average activity pattern per student who use mobile devices, tablets and desktop computers to access the learning platform.
  • Engagement On Campus and Off Campus: Indicates the average activity pattern per student that access the learning platform from on and off-campus.

How is engagement calculated?

Student engagement is measured by the average activity pattern per student, which is based on the student being active in Blackboard or edX Edge (i.e. clicking or watching a video). The activity pattern is calculated per minute (i.e. if a student views 10 different folders in a minute, the activity pattern is recorded as +10). Activity is the aggregate of all the recorded students’ activity patterns per day with respect to the criteria (i.e. overall, mobile/tablet/desktop, on-/off-campus).

  • The average activity of all students, is calculated by dividing the total activity of all students by total number of all students.
  • The average activity of filtered students, is calculated by dividing the total activity of filtered students, by the total number of filtered students.
  1. To view a more detailed breakdown, hover your mouse over the date you wish to view more detail for. 

overall engagement

  1. If a filter has been applied, engagement information about that filtered group will appear, in addition to the information about all students in the course.

filtered overall engagement

Changing from totals to averages

  1. Turn the Show Averages toggle ON to display averages instead of totals.

show averages toggle

  1. The x-axis on the course video graphs will change from total video plays/pauses to average video plays/pauses. 

bar graph average on x-axis

  1. The y-axis on the engagement graphs will change from total activity per student to average activity per student. 

y-axis on engagement graphs