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Eesysoft: Get Started


1. What is Eesysoft?

Eesysoft is a data-gathering and reporting system that allows you to gain information about how students are using your MyBeckett modules. 

We recommend using Eesysoft for academic support and guidance and for identifying module content which is not being engaged with. 

Eesysoft tracks student usage of the VLE via a web browser (Chrome, Safari, Edge, etc) on any device. It does not track student activity made via the Blackboard app. Do bear this in mind when looking at the data that Eesysoft provides. If Eesysoft doesn’t provide the data you need, please contact the Learning Systems team to see if there is an alternative method.

Eesysoft data can help you to:

  • Monitor student activity to quickly and easily assess student performance
  • Recognise patterns of behaviour that might indicate successful work habits, ineffective study patterns or signs that the student may be at risk
  • Identify gaps and give struggling students the information they need to improve their performance
  • Target resources or support to those most in need / least likely to seek help
  • Push students in a more positive direction, abandon negative behaviours or even just embrace more effective study patterns
  • Gain insight into module management and module review
  • Potentially improve student retention

A Note on terminology: Eesysoft refers to what we would call a module as a ‘Course’. Almost all references to ‘Course’ within Eesysoft reports (and this guide) should be read as ‘Module’ (A way to change this terminology within Eesysoft has been requested by Learning Systems)


2. Accessing Eesysoft in your module 

The EesySoft Course Activity Reports are now available to instructors within modules you teach. To access Eesysoft Course Activity reports, click into the Student Engagement section of the Module Management menu.
 
You should now see the EesySoft Course Report button. From here you can see the Course Report for your module.

 

 

3. Using the Course Report

Once you’ve enabled Eesysoft Course report on your module you can click on the Course Activity Report, which should look like the screenshot below.

Depending on the number of users on the module, with large numbers of users the report can take a minute or so to generate the numbers and percentages within the tools. Do give the report time to load properly, as shown below. The same applies when switching settings in the report e.g changing dates. 

The areas of the report labelled a, b, c and d are explained further below. 


a. Module Overview

This area gives an overview of participation level of the students enrolled onto the module, including the last time a student or instructor accessed the module.


b. Tool Adoption

The Tool Adoption area gives an overview of student engagement in the Assessment, Collaboration, Content and Information areas of the module, and the data can be shown for any time period. 

The graph labels the dates along the horizontal axis by date, month or week number, starting at week 1 in January and ending at 52 in December, depending on the scale of time selected in the Start and End Date fields. Week numbers appear next to the relevant dates in the calendar that appears in the Start and End Date fields.

The graph can present actual numbers or a percentage of the total students enrolled on that module. E.g. the example below shows Content accessed by all students enrolled on the module from 02-11-2017 to 02-02-2018:

 

 

The Presentation drop down option is where you can choose how you want the data to be presented numerically and graphically. There are three options: Fixed %, Scaled % and Actual numbers:

Fixed % - By default, the Reports are presented using Fixed %. This percentage looks at the number of active users that have logged in to MyBeckett in the chosen time period and, from those users, who has triggered the monitors in the Tool Group during that same time.
 
Scaled % - The scaled presentation only influences the presentation of the graph. The percentages that you find in the Tool group tree are calculated the same as in the Fixed % view (see above). This graph will zoom in to the graph, taking your usage peaks into consideration. This presentation is great for tools with low usage.
 
Actual numbers - This option is more concrete as you can see how many users are active in a particular area in Blackboard. So from the screenshot above we can see that 11 unique users have accessed Content in Mybeckett out of the 12 unique students who have logged into the Module in the chosen time frame.
 
 
 

c. User engagement within each category

There is also the option of analysing student engagement at a deeper level within each of the Assessment, Collaboration, Content and Information module areas. 

For example, as shown above in b., we can expand Content to see how students are engaging with Content areas – e.g. the number of students within the module who have used the Course Content or Files.

Again, these can be shown in numbers or as a percentage of the total students enrolled on that module, across the range of week numbers.


d. User Activity

The User Activity table is always available at the bottom of each report to enable us to drill down to individual student activity for any module tool we choose to monitor. 
The numbers indicate the number of times a user has accessed and clicked within an area in MyBeckett, during the time period specified in the tool adoption area. ‘0’ means the user has not accessed an area within the time-period specified in the tool adoption area.
The columns can also be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking on the column heading

 

This data can then be exported from the report into Excel as a CSV file for further analysis, editing and reporting. Click the download icon at the top right of the table to export the currently shown data.


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