The following chart is showing the average hits on the Blackboard and Moodle websites for each grade group of flex students.
The main point of interest in this figure is the considerable difference in hits between the two systems for each of the grade groups. For example HD students on Blackboard averaged 730 hits while the HD students on Moodle averages 533. The obvious reason for this is that Moodle has a very flat interface compared to Blackboard which requires more clicks by the students to get to the information and tools they require. Consider the following figure that shows on the left, the average number of pages per visit by users, and on the right the average amount of time on site.
The average number of pages per visit result aligns with the previous statement about Moodle having a flatter user interface that requires less clicking around by the users. However the right hand figure I find quite surprising. To me these results are saying that while students are spending almost the same amount of time on site with Moodle as they were on Blackboard, they are spending less time clicking around the user interface. Does this mean that ‘out of the box’ Moodle is better? It will be interesting as more of this sort of data comes to light and comparisons can be made on a range different metrics.