Have students really looked at this list?
By Pamela Clarke, on 31 July 2014
Interested to know how frequently your reading lists are being looked at? Has that important item on your list actually been read by students? If you are curious, then try the green “Dashboard” button at the top of your reading list.
Dashboard is a neat feature that provides some statistics on how many times a resource has been clicked on, and even provides links to alternative resources for some items. The Dashboard button is located under the table of contents on your list, and uses a traffic-light colour coding system to indicate frequency of use. Green for high, amber for moderate, and red for low resource use. You can adjust the date range to capture a termly or even weekly snapshot of traffic.
One note of warning: the figures include repeat clicks on the resource, rather than the number of individual students accessing readings, so figures are a rough indicator only.
This can also have more useful applications if you are interested in using this type of feedback as part of your teaching practice. Check out the Dashboard and let us know if you find it useful, or can think of any improvements!