The Engagement section aims to provide you with information extracted from the teaching and learning systems which students engage with as part of their course learning activities.

Note: 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

How is engagement calculated?

Click on the Definitions in the Engagement section to see the calculation of activity

The definitions of engagement will be displayed.

Using Filter to identify groups of students

The Filter in Course Insights can help identify student or groups of students who have relatively higher or lower engagement , so that staff can have some early interventions or nudges to support students' success in their learning.

Course Videos

This section focuses on the edX (Edge) and Echo360 videos within your course that have the most plays and pauses.

Platform Video Comparisons

The platform video comparisons illustrate total plays of edX (Edge) and Echo360 videos over the semester. The two small bars at the ends of the lower graph can be dragged to the left or right to allow the upper graph to focus on some particular weeks.

Drag the bar on the right toward the middle of the graph to focus on the first six weeks of the semester.

Drag the bar on the left toward the middle of the graph to focus on the last six weeks of the semester.

Total Video Plays 

The total video plays graph will display the top 10 videos, based on the total number of times students play the videos.

Total Video Pauses

The total video pauses graph will display the top 10 videos, based on the total number of times students pause the videos.

Advanced Video Summary

  1. Click on the View Advanced Video Summary link.

  1. A full list of videos (i.e. not just the top 10) will be displayed.
  2. Click on the Total Plays or Total Pauses column title to sort ascending or descending.

edX Edge and Blackboard Engagement

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.

Overall Engagement

The Overall Engagement graph displays the average activity pattern per student calculated across all criteria (i.e. overall, mobile/tablet/desktop, on-/off-campus) over time. 

  1. To change the date range, click and drag the bars until your desired date range is displayed.

  1. To view a more detailed breakdown, hover your mouse over the date you wish to view more detail for. 

Location Summary

The Location Summary chart displays the percentage of students who have accessed the learning platform on campus and off campus each week.

Advanced Timeseries Analysis

  1. Click on the View Advanced Timeseries Analysis link.

  1. You will then be presented with individual graphs which displayed engagement via mobile, tablet as well as engagement both on and off campus. 

    Changing from totals to averages

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

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