Below are the definitions for each of the four metrics available for Gradebook export. These details are provided so that you can understand what you're seeing in the LMS and correlate that with what you see in Echo360.
Where you see "Activity" in the Gradebook export is the same as the "Polling" term in the course analytics tables. Essentially a slide with a question on it for student responses is a "poll" an "activity" or sometimes a "polling activity". The terms are used interchangeably.
The calculation for Gradebook Exports is very simple; it adds up the selected metric value for all of the exported classes, then divides that value across the number of classes selected. This means that YOU must know which classes to select. Do not select future classes unless there is a reason for a student to have engaged in a future class; do NOT select classes for exporting polling data that do not have polling questions in them, etc.
If you are not seeing exported Echo360 analytics in your LMS gradebook, be sure that:
- The link from the LMS into Echo360 is located in a "gradable" location. What constitutes a "gradable" location differs depending on the LMS you are using.
- That students have accessed Echo360 through that link location at least once. Echo360 retains all participation data for students, regardless of how they got there, but some LMS require students to establish entry from the gradable location in the LMS into Echo360 before it will accept a grade export.
- Be sure to select the correct Link Name for export if you have more than one. Canvas, for example, often retains the Echo360 LTI link in the left navigation. This link will appear in the gradebook export link list, in addition to any Assignments links you (or your admin) may configure for Student use. The left navigation link does not correspond to a gradebook column and therefore cannot direct exported grades.
You are encouraged to also review Definitions of Analytics Data Metrics to better understand the metrics used to calculate Weighted Engagement. You may also want to customize the weighting given to the metrics used to calculate weighted engagement.
IMPORTANT: The Echo360 Analytics interface provides data in whole numbers. The Gradebook Export sends data to two decimal places. This means that it is possible that the figure you see in the Section Analytics tab for a student may vary slightly for instances where Echo360 had to round up or down to the nearest whole number. But should not vary more than a percentage point.
Engagement for gradebook exports is the same as the Weighted Engagement shown in the Students tab of the Analytics page. It is exported as a percentage.
- If you select to send the Engagement metric for ONE class, you get the same Weighted Engagement score you would see for each student for an individual class in the Echo360 UI (Analytics > Students > select a student to see each class' data).
- If you select to send Engagement for MULTIPLE classes, Echo360 takes each of the individual class percentages for the selected classes, adds them together then divides by the number of selected classes.
This means that if you select All classes for exporting Engagement, and not all of the classes have occurred yet, you will end up with an entirely different number than you see in the Students tab. The Students tab Weighted Engagement takes into account only classes that have already occurred. The LMS Gradebook export relies on you to know which classes to select.
Analytics for LIVE classes - Viewing data for Live Streamed Classes is only gathered from Universal Capture devices and is a little different than for VOD classes in some areas. See the following sections of the Definitions of Analytics Data Metrics page for more details: Attendance Percentage, Video View, and Video View %.
Missing Live Data? As mentioned in the above note, analytics data is only gathered from Live Streamed Classes performed on Universal Capture devices (Pro, Pod, or UC software installations). If you believe you are missing analytics, this is most likely the culprit. No analytics data is gathered from Live Streamed Classes done on legacy SCHDs.
Activity participation or score percentages
Activity participation/score is the same as that shown in the Students tab of the Analytics page for any given class. It is exported as a percentage. 65% is shown as 65.00 in the Echo360 column, or you may get a figure like 65.25 which is rounded down to 65% in the interface but exported as 65.25.
- If you select to send either of these metrics for ONE class, you get the same Polling Participation % or Polling Correct % you see for each student for an individual class in the Echo360 UI (Analytics > Students > select a student to see each class' data).
- If you select to send either of these metrics for MULTIPLE classes, Echo360 takes the percentages for each of the individual selected classes, adds them together then divides by the number of classes selected. It does NOT take into account whether a selected class had activities or not.
For exporting these metrics, it is very important that instructors only select classes that HAVE activities. Otherwise, the exported figure is skewed by 0% sent for any class that does not have activities.
This is a binary statistic, meaning "yes they attended this class" or "no they didn't". Meaning it will be either 0% or 100% for each student, for each class. For dated classes, the metric does not track how long they were in the classroom or whether they viewed any of the materials, just that they entered during class time. For non-dated classes, viewing any portion of the materials or entering a question or responding to an activity slide counts as attendance.
Definition #1: For classes that have a date/time, Attendance is granted if the student enters the online classroom DURING the time it is scheduled. There is actually a "buffer" built-in so that Students can enter the classroom anytime between 45 minutes before the scheduled class starts, and 5 minutes before it ends to get credit for being in class during class time.
Definition #2: For classes with NO date/time, Attendance is granted if the student enters the classroom and views the video, views the presentation, and/or responds to an Activity slide.