In Term2, 2009 CQUniversity conducted a pilot of the Moodle learning management system with a group of more than 30 courses from various disciplines. The following are academic analytics comparisons between this group of courses in Moodle and the same group of courses in Blackboard. To reduce the influence of face-to-face teaching, the sample only includes the students who are pursuing their studies via distance. A more detailed explanation on how the online environment can influence the number of clicks students make can be found in a recent post. As David alluded to in his comment on this post, my use of the term ‘online students’ was an over-generalization that reflects how I separate out the student cohort in the various databases. So while I describe these students as online or distance students this may not necessarily be the case in all situations.
The Blackboard figures are taken from the activity of 410 distance students while the Moodle figures are taken from 631 distance students. Note that these are preliminary results and should be fairly accurate however I’ve yet made no attempt to interpret meaning from the data. Please don’t hesitate to leave comments if you have any thoughts or comments about the data.
Figure 1. Total clickcount comparison between Blackboard 6.3 and Moodle 1.9
Figure 2. Grade distribution percentages.
Figure 3. Average forum posts for each grade group
Figure 4. Average forum replies for each grade group
Figure 5. Average forum reads for each grade group