Discussions | How to view Discussions Statistics

Discussions are an excellent way to measure students engagement on the course. It can be used to start conversations about the content of the course but also to ask for feedback and, in general, communicate with the students. At any given time, it is possible to view the statistics of how did the students interacted with those discussions, either specific topics or entire forums. Additionally, you can export those statistics as CSV to further analyze them on Excel if desired.

How to open the Discussions tool

From your course page, follow the next steps to find and open the Discussions tool:

  1. Navigate to Communication in the navigation bar
  2. Click on Discussions.

This will take you to Discussions List page, where you will be able to see a list of all the Forums and the Topics in your course.

View Statistics per Forum

On the Discussions List page:

  1. Click on the downward arrow next to the Forum name, a drop-down menu will open
  2. Click on View Forum Statistics

This will open the statistics on that specific Forum.

Here you will be able to see how many threads, replies and reads the whole forum had. You can view this information in two different ways:

1. Users

This tab shows how many threads, replies and reads each individual student did in that Forum.

2. Topics

This tab shows how many threads, replies and reads each individual Topic had.

View Statistics per Topic

To view statistics per specific Topic, you can either click on the Topic Name in the previous step or you can go back to the Discussions List and:

  1. Click on the downward arrow next to the Topic name, a drop-down menu will open
  2. Click on View Topic Statistics

This will open the statistics on that specific Topic.

Here you will be able to see how many threads, replies and reads each individual student did in that Topic.

View Overall Discussions Statistics and per Student

  1. To have have an overall view of the statistics of the whole course, click on the Statistics tab.

Here you will be able to see how many threads, replies and reads each individual student did in the whole course.

This view allows you to click on the Student Names to open a pop-up window with statistics on how that specific student interacted with each Forum and Topic.

Now you know how to view Discussion Statistics in Brightspace!

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