Exploring Student Interactions: Learning Analytics Tools for Student Tracking

  • Miguel Ángel CondeEmail author
  • Ángel Hérnandez-García
  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo
  • María Luisa Séin-Echaluce
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9192)


This paper presents four categories of learning analytics tools: dashboards, ad hoc tools, tools for analysis of specific issues, and learning analytics frameworks, and details the characteristics of a selection of tools within each category: (1) Moodle Dashboard and Moodle default reporting tool; (2) Interactions and Teamwork Assessment Tool; (3) SNAPP, GraphFES and Moodle Engagement Analytics; and (4) VeLA and GISMO. The study investigates how these tools can be applied to the analysis of courses by using real data from a course that made intensive use of forums, wikis, web resources, videos, quizzes and assignments. The discussion that follows points out how the different tools complement each other, and suggests the implementation of basic dashboards in learning platforms and the use of external frameworks for learning analytics.


Learning analytics User interactions Moodle Student tracking 



This work is partially supported by the Cátedra Telefónica of the University of León (CTULE14-4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Ángel Conde
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ángel Hérnandez-García
    • 2
  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo
    • 3
  • María Luisa Séin-Echaluce
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Mechanics, Computer Science and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of LeónLeónSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Ingeniería de Organización, Administración de Empresas y EstadísticaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Applied Mathematics, School of Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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