20/06/2016 at 9:11 AM #866
One of the strengths of OpenLabyrinth has always been its ability to track in very precise detail what its users do at each and every stage of a case. Every click, every response to a question, every decision along the way is all recorded in its internal database, along with a very precise timestamp.
Quite a bit of this can be immediately viewed by the user at the end of a case or session via the Session Report, if the case author has enabled this, or at any point by the case authors. The format of this report is standardized – what the user sees in this report can be customized by the case author by editing different Feedback elements during the case authoring phase.
We also make extensive use of Scenarios to improve our reporting of user activities. Scenarios are a way to group together set of cases along with sets of users. We have built in a number of different predefined reports into the Scenario Manager. This allows us to provide Script Concordance Testing, Situational Judgement Testing and other custom reports, out of the box.
For those who really want to explore the power of OpenLabyrinth as an education research tool, there are other ways in which to explore the data that has been captured. Because the database backend is MySQL, you can use standard SQL queries to extract very complex reports. If you are interested in exploring this further, please contact us.
The most recent addition to our arsenal of analytic tools is the Experience API (xAPI or TinCan). This allows case authors to send selected activity metrics to a Learning Record Store (LRS). Internally, we use the GrassBlade LRS for these purposes, but OpenLabyrinth has been tested against several other LRSs such as SCORM Cloud, Watershed, and Wax.
By placing these activity metrics into an external store, you can now employ 3rd party tools common to any LRS. You can also aggregate activity streams from multiple sources.
We look forward to working with other groups on how best to use the tracking and metrics capabilities to their best advantage.04/07/2016 at 12:45 AM #888
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