Tracking Student Performance
A variety of methods to track student performance in the online environment are available within your Blackboard course. Find out how to leverage the data available to you with the resources below, and contact STaR if you need assistance with collecting or interpreting performance data in your UA Little Rock online courses.
Viewing Course Reports
If you’re looking for data regarding student activity in your course, an assortment of reports are available to you from the Evaluation menu that track usage across content areas. These reports count ‘hits’ — requests sent by the student to the Blackboard server when they click content links — and are best used to obtain a general sense of activity in the course.
Best Practices for running Course Reports
When running reports:
- Keep in mind that hits do not necessarily represent time spent on course activities, and other metrics may be necessary to understand how students interact with course content.
- Try running multiple reports for small periods of time in favor of running a single report to see more detail.
- Remember to pull reports periodically when necessary, as data available through the reporting tool in the course will eventually expire.
Learn more: Course Reports
Using the Performance Dashboard
The performance dashboard offers quick access to summary information about user activity within your course, showing when they accessed and, depending on the setup of your course, what they viewed while they were there.
Learn more: Performance Dashboard
Understanding the Retention Center
Blackboard can help identify at-risk students in a course by aggregating performance indicators like missed deadlines, low grades, and lack of activity within the course in a centralized area called the Retention Center. Here, you can also create rules to trigger notifications about at-risk students, and contact students in need of intervention directly from the Retention Center interface.
Learn more: Retention Center