Usage Data – VLE, Video, Webinars and More

As more teaching has moved online due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are increasingly being approached by staff who have an (understandably) growing interest in how their online teaching materials are being used and interacted with. With this in mind, we have compiled a “Data One Pager” which links through to all our guidance documents about the types of interaction and usage data that can be accessed by staff on the following systems:

  • The Yorkshare VLE used by our “on campus” students (
  • The Canvas VLE used by most of our distance students (
  • Replay Lecture Capture (
  • Padlet Boards (
  • Collaborate Ultra Webinars

We’ve also included links to reporting details for the Zoom video conferencing platform as we’re aware that it is in widespread usage across the University, but do note that Zoom is not supported by our team, and isn’t the suggested platform for synchronous teaching and learning activities.

The one pager can be accessed here: One Pager – Interaction Data for Yorkshare & Canvas VLEs, Replay, Padlet, Collaborate and Zoom.

The available system data can be used to inform decision making around your teaching materials and activities. Seeing what content and which of your tools/activities are used most by students can (in conjunction with other data, such as direct student feedback) help flag which areas may need to be focused on and what materials may need to be reworked, redefined or reshared. These data are proxy indicators of usage activity which unfortunately do have flaws as the reports aren’t completely accurate, they should not be used as an indicator of what any one student is or is not doing.

System data alone can never be the complete picture or be definitive, but can help you kick-start discussions on study strategies or provide feedback to colleagues on how a module is running.

For further guidance around understanding and evaluating your use of Technology Enhanced Learning visit the York TEL Handbook: Chapter 7 – Evaluation and Development.

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