The Instructional Practices report helps you understand and answer: 

  • Class Size 

    • What’s the course class size?

    • What’s the course distribution by class size?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to class size?

    • What’s the class size per course?

  • Course Access 

    • What proportion of courses has instructor activity?

    • What’s the minimum, maximum, and average frequency instructors access a course?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to instructor course activity recency?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to instructor course access frequency?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to student and instructor course access measures?

    • What's the instructor engagement per course?

  • Course Design and Organization 

    • Which types of course items are used by instructors?

    • What’s the course distribution by course item count?

    • What’s the course item count by type?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to course item type usage

    • What’s the content item type usage per course?

  • Learning Tools Engagement

    • What proportion of courses has instructor engagement with learning tools?

    • What’s the course distribution by instructor engagement in learning tools?

    • What’s the instructor engagement by learning tool?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to instructor engagement with learning tools?

    • What's the instructor engagement with learning tools by Institutional Hierarchy Node?

    • What's the instructor engagement with learning tools per course?

  • Virtual Classroom Engagement 

    • What’s the minimum, maximum, and average instructor engagement in virtual classroom?

    • What proportion of courses offer Collaborate sessions?

    • What’s the course distribution by instructor engagement in Collaborate sessions?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to Collaborate session time per course?

    • How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to Collaborate session usage?

    • What’s Collaborate usage per course?

 

Data Source: Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate 

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Class Size 

What’s the class size of your courses? 

Class size is measured as the number of student enrollments divided by the number of instructors enrolled in the course.

The KPIs show the minimum, maximum, and average class size per instructor.

Consider:  

  • Class size is rounded to the nearest 10.

  • This measure only counts courses with active students and active instructors

  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations include data points that differ significantly from other observations.

  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.

What’s the course distribution by class size? 

This stacked bar chart shows the number of courses that fall under different class size ranges. The chart shows courses under the children of the institutional hierarchy you select in the control section.

Visual filtering available

 

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to class size?

 

This table shows class size measures in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you selected in the control section.

Consider:

  • This table shows data based on the filters in the control section and visual filtering applied in data visualizations with visual filtering available.
  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.
  • Class size is rounded to the nearest 10.

What’s the class size per course?

This table shows class size measures in each course within the filters you’ve selected. This measure only counts active courses.

Consider:

  • Class size is rounded to the nearest 10.

Course Access 

What proportion of courses has instructor activity?

This donut chart shows the number of courses with no instructor activity, with previous instructor activity, and recent instructor activity within the filters you've selected.

Consider:

  • Inactive is less than 5 minutes total activity by instructor enrollment.
  • Previously active is 5 minutes or more total activity by instructor enrollment, but less than 5 minutes total activity in the last 7 calendar days.
  • Recently active is 5 minutes or more total activity by instructor enrollment in the last 7 calendar days.

 

What’s the minimum, maximum, and average frequency instructors access a course?

These KPIs show the minimum, average, and maximum frequency with which instructors access a course.

Consider: 

  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.
  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations include data points that differ significantly from other observations.  

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to instructor course activity recency?

This stacked bar chart shows how recently instructor enrollments access courses in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected.

Consider:

  • Inactive is less than 5 minutes total activity by instructor enrollment.
  • Previously active is 5 minutes or more total activity by instructor enrollment, but less than 5 minutes total activity in the last 7 calendar days.
  • Recently active is 5 minutes or more total activity by instructor enrollment in the last 7 calendar days.

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to instructor course access frequency?

This stacked bar chart shows how frequently instructor enrollments access courses in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected.

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to student and instructor course access measures?

This table shows how student and instructor enrollments access courses in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected.

What's the instructor engagement per course?

This table shows how instructor enrollments engage in each course within the filters you've selected.

Consider:

  • Instructor-student engagement ratio is a measure of the average time, in hours, instructor enrollments spend in a course divided by the average time, in hours, students spend in a course.

 

Course Design and Organization 

Which type of course items are used by instructors?

The KPIs show the minimum, maximum, and average course item count.

Consider:

  • Course items are assessments, learning tools, and content used in a Learn course.
  • Course item count is a measure of the number of items per course.
  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations include data points that differ significantly from other observations.
  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.

What’s the course distribution by course item count?

This bar chart shows the number of courses fall under different course item count ranges. The chart shows courses under the children of the institutional hierarchy you select in the control section.

Visual filtering available

 

What’s the course item count by type?

This table shows how much instructors use and students access different course item types within the filters you’ve selected.

Consider:

  • This measure only counts active courses.
  • Course items are assessments, learning tools and content used in a Learn course.
  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to course item type usage?

This stacked bar chart shows how instructors use course item types in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you’ve selected.

Consider:

Visual filtering available

 

What’s the content item type usage per course?

This table shows how content items are used in each course within the filters you’ve selected.

Consider:


Learning Tools Engagement

 What proportion of courses has instructor engagement with learning tools?

This donut chart shows the number of courses with instructor interactions, contributions, and no instructor engagement with learning tools within the filters you've selected.

Additional filter options:

Which engagement measure do you want to display? 

Refine your data set by the type of interaction measure you prefer when considering how instructors engage with learning tools.

What’s the course distribution by instructor learning interaction count? 

This histogram shows the number of courses grouped by a range instructor engagement in learning tools within the filters you've selected.

Consider:

  • This measure counts courses with instructor interactions, contributions or both. 
  • Engagement is based on the engagement measure you selected in the additional filter option Which engagement measure do you want to display?

What’s the instructor engagement by learning tool?

This table shows how instructor enrollments engage with different learning tools within the filters you’ve selected.

Consider:

  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.
  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations include data points that differ significantly from other observations. 
  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations are based on the engagement measure you selected in the additional filter option Which engagement measure do you want to display?

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to instructor engagement with learning tools?

This stacked bar shows the number of courses with instructor interactions, contributions and no instructor engagement with learning tools in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected. 

What's the instructor engagement with learning tools by Institutional Hierarchy Node?

This table shows how instructors engage with learning tools in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected.

Consider:

  • Instructor-student learning tools engagement ratio is measured as the average instructor contribution count divided in the average student contribution count.

What's the instructor engagement with learning tools per course?

This table shows how instructors engage with learning tools in each course within the filters you've selected.

Consider:

  • This measure only counts active courses.
  • Instructor-student learning tools engagement ratio is measured as the average instructor contribution count divided in the average student contribution count.

Virtual Classroom Engagement

 

Additional filter options:

Which engagement measure do you want to display? 

Refine your data set by the type of interaction measure you prefer when considering how instructors engage with virtual classroom. 

Consider:

What’s the minimum, maximum, and average instructor engagement in virtual classroom?

 

Consider: 

  • The average is calculated as the median. The median is the middle value when a data set is ordered from least to greatest.
  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations include data points that differ significantly from other observations. 
  • Minimum, maximum, and average calculations are based on the engagement measure you selected in the additional filter option Which engagement measure do you want to display?

What proportion of courses offer Collaborate sessions?

This donut chart shows the number of courses that offer and don’t offer Collaborate sessions within the filters you've selected.

What’s the course distribution by instructor engagement in Collaborate sessions?

This histogram shows the number of courses grouped by a range of the instructor enrollments engagement in synchronous course sessions on Collaborate within the filters you’ve selected.

Consider: 

  • Engagement is based on the engagement measure you selected in the additional filter option Which engagement measure do you want to display?

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to Collaborate session time per course?

This bar chart shows the average time a Collaborate session lasts and the average time Collaborate sessions are recorded in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected.

Consider:

  • All time measures are expressed in hours.

How do Institutional Hierarchy Nodes compare in regards to Collaborate session usage?

This table shows how instructors use Collaborate in each of the children of the Institutional Hierarchy Node you've selected.

What’s Collaborate usage per course?

This table shows how instructors use Collaborate in each course within the filters you’ve selected.