Blackboard: Course Reports

Blackboard allows faculty to run several types of course reports to view information about course usage and activity. Faculty members can create customized reports of course use which include course areas, tools and which areas are used most frequently by students. Course reports can let faculty know when students are active on their Blackboard site and offer insights into student behavior.

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Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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Blackboard allows faculty to run several types of course reports to view information about course usage and activity. Faculty members can create customized reports of course use which include course areas, tools and which areas are used most frequently by students. Course reports can let faculty know when students are active on their Blackboard site and offer insights into student behavior

Steps to Create a Report

1. Enter the Blackboard course that you want to generate a report for.
2. In the Control Panel, click Evaluation, under Evaluation click Course Reports.

3. Blackboard offers sever different types of reports. Click on the drop down arrow next to the title of the report you want to generate then click Run in the menu.

   -All User Activity inside Content Areas - displays a summary of all user activity inside Content Areas for the course
   -Course Activity Overview - overall activity withing a single course, sorted by student and date
   -Course Performance - displays information showing how a single course performs against a set of goals
   -Overall Summary of User Activity - displays user activity for all areas of the course, as well as dates, times and days of the week
   -Student Overview for Single Course - displays and individuals student's activity within a course, sorted by date
   -User Activity in Forums - displays a summary of user activity in Discussion Board Forums for the course
   -User Activity in Groups - displays a summary of user activity in Groups for the course

4. Report Information contains the title of the report, description of the information that will be in the report, and the time that the last report took to generate.
5. Report Specifications allows you to choose the specifics of the report that you are running. In most reports this includes what dates are to be included and the users listed. The more information that the reporting system needs to gather can slow down the time it takes a report to generate, for example: a wide range of dates, or a large number of students.

6. After a delay, the screen will change and you will be given a link to Download the Report, clicking this will open the report in a pop up window. Under this link there will be a link to Run a New Report, which will allow you to run the same report but with different specifications.

 Tips for Reading a Report

  • Hits are the number of times a Content Area, or Tool was loaded. Clicking on a link to load a Content Area or Tool is a hit.
  • Blackboard Reports cannot tell the exact minute that a student was active on the site. They group hits into the hour it was done.
  • Blackboard uses 24 hour time for its reports if you are looking at a report that generates numbers of hits during the process of a day.

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