Project 2: Devices and Geographical Distribution
This project is part of the University wide Experimental Teaching and Learning Analytics group organized by Northwestern Information Technology.
- Identify patterns in mobile and desktop usage by students and instructors
- Show the geographical distribution of DL students [later?]
Findings listed here are based on MSGH courses offered in Fall 2015. These courses were chosen because a small set (5 courses) represents a complete program. We also knew beforehand that these courses included non-US students, so we expected to find interesting geographical results.
For the purposes of this project, the category of “mobile” devices includes any device that does not register as a desktop. For instructional design purposes it might be desirable in future to break out devices into type and screen size.
In general, non-desktop devices are used for different purposes and even at different times of day than are desktop devices —Source: http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Data-Mine/An-Average-Monday-in-the-UK-PCs-for-Lunch-Tablets-for-Dinner
In addition to knowing how instructors and students are seeing the pages we design, then, the question of which device a learner uses may lead to further questions about learner behavior.
Mobile Device Usage
In the Fall 2015 MSGH courses, we found the following patterns in mobile usage:
- Mobile devices represented about 4% of usage overall
- Mobile usage varied significantly by course
- Instructors are much less likely than students to use a mobile device
- Students who use mobile devices use different parts of the course from students who use desktops
Overall Mobile Usage
Overall, about 4% of courses accesses by both students and instructors came from mobile devices:
However, mobile usages varies significantly course by course:
Mobile Usage: Instructors v. StudentsIf we break our hit counts down into students and instructors, we see that instructors were less likely to use a mobile device to access these courses than were students.
Overall Mobile UsageStudents use mobile and desktop devices to access different types of resources.
- Gather feedback from faculty and ID stakeholders on mobile stats
- Provide visualizations of geographical distribution data
- Work with NUIT to create dashboard permitting the comparison of current course data to historical data while course is in progress