An enhanced learning analytics plugin for Moodle

student engagement and personalised intervention

Danny Yen-Ting Liu, Amara Atif, Jean-Christophe Froissard, Deborah Richards

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Moodle, an open source Learning Management System (LMS), collects a large amount of data on student interactions within it, including content, assessments, and communication. Some of these data can be used as proxy indicators of student engagement, as well as predictors for performance. However, these data are difficult to interrogate and even more difficult to action from within Moodle. We therefore describe a design-based research narrative to develop an enhanced version of an open source Moodle Engagement Analytics Plugin (MEAP). Working with the needs of unit convenors and student support staff, we sought to improve the available information, the way it is represented, and create affordances for action based on this. The enhanced MEAP (MEAP+) allows analyses of gradebook data, assessment submissions, login metrics, and forum interactions, as well as direct action through personalised emails to students based on these analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobally connected, digitally enabled
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings ascilite 2015
EditorsT. Reiners, B. R. von Konsky, D. Gibson, V. Chang, L. Irving, K. Clarke
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education (32nd : 2015) - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Nov 20153 Dec 2015


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education (32nd : 2015)
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2015

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  • Engagement
  • Indicators
  • Intervention
  • Learning analytics
  • Moodle
  • Students at risk

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