It is important to keep in mind that the course visit time and time online for course elements are best thought of as a 'helpful indicator of time spent on itslearning'. They do not measure exact time down to the second - e.g. key press to key press. We track access every few minutes. The reports cannot record time spent outside itslearning, for example, if the student opens Office365 or Google account to work on a course assignment. Students may open course documents and then leave the computer to do something else (like grab a drink) and this is still counted towards online time.
While not accurate down to the second, this measurement is a very powerful measure to show where students are investing their time:
- It can show comparative time students spend online within itslearning on activities/resources.
- It can show where students struggling, for example, spending too long in a task/resource. Teachers may want to review the activity/resource to make sure it is well defined and meets the aims of the course.
- It can show where students are skipping information, for example, not spending enough time in a task/resource in the task. Teachers may want to review the activity/resource to make sure it is well defined and meets the aims of the course.
- It can give tutors/teachers an indication of the time being spent on the activity/resources. It is much better than a simple 'Accessed Yes or No' indicator.
An example, a teacher uploads a 10-minute video their course and asks students to review. The progress report can show if students ignored the video, who watched it for only a few minutes and who spent about the full time or even longer.