View Discussion Statistics

Instructors can see an overview of student activity within the Discussions tool. There are three different ways to view the statistics:

  • All Discussions in the Course
  • By Specific Forum
  • By Specific Topic

Statistics give you an overview of user activity in your discussion topics and forums. You can use this information to determine which topics stimulate conversation and which do not, or which students post frequently and which hang back. As the semester unfolds, you can use statistics to pinpoint topics in need of conversation-starters and to follow the participation levels of different users. You can send email reminders to users who have not been participating or ask overly vocal users to slow down and give others a chance to contribute. When the semester ends, statistics help you identify the topics that were most effective and the ones you might want to omit or modify for the next course.

Things to Consider:

  • Post counts do not include unapproved and deleted posts.
  • Only users who appear in the classlist appear when viewing statistics by user; however, totals include posts by all users, including instructors.
  • You can sort statistics by clicking on any column heading.

View Statistics for All Discussions in the Course

Watch Access Discussion Statistics

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Discussions.
    Discussions on the Nav Bar
  2. Click on the Statistics tab on top of the page.
    Discussions Statistics button
  3. The Users tab will show you the total statistics for the course (Org Unit), and User Statistics by each individual user or group. View the Number of Posts for each user, with details about each thread, replies, all read posts, any unapproved posts, and all the scored posts.
    Discussions Stats User tab
  4. Optional: Filter Statistics
    • On the Users tab, filter the statistics you see by User or Group by clicking on the View By dropdown and clicking Apply.
      Discussions Stats User tab View By
    • View Forums and Topics statistics on the Forums and Topics Tab:
      • View each Forum and Topic, along with threads, replies, pinned unapproved, and scored posts.
        Discussions Statistics Forums and Topics

View statistics for a specific forum or topic

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Discussions.
    Discussions on the Nav Bar
  2. Do either: Click View Topic Statistics or View Forum Statistics from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to view.
    • View Forum Statistics:
      • Click the context menu for the forum, then select View Forum Statistics.
        Discussions Forum Statistics
      • Then View or Filter by Users or Topics.
        Discussion Forum Stat Filter
    • View Topic Statistics:
      • Click the context menu for the topic, then select View Topic Statistics.
        Discussion Topic Statistics
      • Then View or Filter by Users.
        Discussion Topic Statistics