X-Ray Learning Analytics

X-Ray is an integration that provides you and your instructors with deep insight into learning behavior. It identifies important trends that affect learner success and provides the information to you in meaningful ways at the right time.

X-Ray is only available in English and Spanish at this time.

More on X-Ray Learning Analytics on the Blackboard website (available in English only)


Get your credentials

To use X-Ray Learning Analytics with Blackboard Open LMS, start by contacting Blackboard to receive your credentials. Please reach out to your client engagement team at [email protected].

Next, download and install the local plugin and configure it with the credentials you get from Blackboard.


Install X-Ray

Steps in Snap: Admin > Plugins > Install plugins > X-Ray Learning Analytics

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Install plugins > X-Ray Learning Analytics

Before you can install the X-Ray plugin make sure you have received your credentials from Blackboard and downloaded the plugin.

  1. From Site administration select Plugins and Install plugins.

    If you can't open Install plugins, plugin installation is prevented on your site.

  2. Find the X-Ray Learning Analytics plugin and select it.
  3. Select Go to plugin page and Install now.
  4. Confirm the installation request.
  5. Check the plugin validation report.

More on installing activity modules in Blackboard Open LMS


Configure X-Ray

Steps in Snap: Admin > Plugins > Local Plugins > X-Ray Learning Analytics

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Local Plugins > X-Ray Learning Analytics

Before you can configure the X-Ray plugin you need to install it. Make sure you received your credentials from Blackboard.

From the X-Ray Learning Analytics plugin page, fill in the credentials that Blackboard gave you.

  • X-Ray Learning Analytics URL: The URL of X-Ray Learning Analytics.
  • X-Ray Learning Analytics Username: The Username for logging into X-Ray Learning Analytics server.
  • X-Ray Learning Analytics Password: The password for logging into X-Ray Learning Analytics server.
  • X-Ray Learning Analytics Client Identifier: The client Identifier for X-Ray Learning Analytics.
    Note:The X-Ray Learning Analytics Username and the X-Ray Learning Analytics Client Identifier are often the same.
  • System Reports URL: The URL to connect with System Reports.
  • Show reports menu: If you check this checkbox, you see an X-Ray menu on the course home page with an information of the reports.
  • Data Sync (enabled)
  • AWS Key
  • AWS Secret
  • S3 bucket
  • S3 region

Administrator Reports

There are three administrator reports.

  1. Activity report
  2. Risk report
  3. Grade distribution report

More on the administrator X-Ray reports


Course-level reports for instructors

When instructors access their courses X-Ray gives them an overview of how their students are doing. From here they access detailed reports that can help them address issues before it's too late.

These detailed reports include information on student risk status, activity, gradebook, and discussions.

More on X-Ray Learning Analytics for instructors


X-Ray email subscription

Administrators and instructors can subscribe to the courses and receive emails with reports information.

Administrators can turn off X-Ray alerts. Instructors can still subscribe but won't receive the alerts until they are turned on.

X-Ray global subscription

From your profile select Miscellaneous and X-Ray Global Subscription.

You can select one of three options: Use course level subscription settings, Subscribe to all courses, and Cancel all subscriptions.

By default, Use course level subscription settings is selected. With this option you can subscribe to each course in the course page.

Select Subscribe to all courses to receive X-Ray summary reports for all courses. Select Cancel all subscriptions to receive no summary reports for any course. These options overwrite subscription settings made at the course level.

Course level subscription

The course level subscription is turned on by default in the X-Ray Global Subscription page.

The course level subscription link is placed in the reports menu on the course home page. Use this link to subscribe or unsubscribe to the email report.

Select the course to subscribe to.

When you are subscribed to a course, you receive an email with the same information you see in the X-Ray menu on the course home page.

Frequency of emails

Steps in Snap: Admin > Plugins > Local Plugins > X-Ray Learning Analytics
Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Local Plugins > X-Ray Learning Analytics

You can set the frequency of the emails in the plugin global settings.

  1. From Site administrationselect Plugins, Local plugins, and X-Ray Analytics.
  2. Go to Alert Email Frequency.
  3. Make your selection.

By default, alerts are emailed weekly. This happens every Sunday. You can choose to email alerts daily or never.


Recommended actions

The system provides some recommended actions for administrators and instructors.

The recommended actions are displayed in the X-Ray menu on the course home page and in the X-Ray Emails.