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Run Statistics Reports

Administrators track system usage through System Reports. Statistics provide information about the number of Courses, users, overall usage, and cumulative hits. Reports may also be exported and viewed as a text file or in a spreadsheet program.

The Event Tracking option must be set to Yes on the Auto-Reporting Options page before Statistics will be recorded.

Blackboard Learn - Basic Edition: The database only stores data for the previous 180 days to prevent system slowdowns. Therefore, activity that occurred more than 180 days before running the report will not be included in the report. To increase the number of days that data is stored, please contact Blackboard Product Support.

How to Run Statistics Reports

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Tool and Utilities, click System Reporting.
  2. Click Statistics Reports.
  3. Select the appropriate report to run by clicking Run in the contextual menu for the report. The following reports are available:

    • Course Activity Overview displays overall activity within a single course, sorted by student and date. Data includes the total and average time spent per user and the total amount of activity the user had in the course.
    • Debug Runtime Environment provides feedback on the Blackboard Learn runtime environment.
    • Overall Summary of Usage displays a summary of overall Blackboard Learn system usage.
    • Site Page Views displays the average number of page views and course page views per month and per day.
    • Tracking Reports displays detailed statistics for courses and organizations.
    • User Activity Overview displays overall system and course activity for all users, including average logins and time spent, and statistics on user activity by course.
    • User Statistics displays the average number of total users, students, and instructors per month and per day.

To see a report of an individual user's activity across courses, run the User Activity Overview Report, available from the contextual menu next to a username in the Users area of the Admin Panel. For more information, see How to Run the User Activity Overview Report.

The Run Reports page displays summary information about the report, including name, description, and the elapsed time of the last run. The Report Specifications section offers the following options:

  • Select Format: Choose an output format for the report. PDF (default), HTML, Excel, and Word are the available choices. Note that charts cannot be displayed in Excel format; if charts are required, run them in PDF or HTML format.
  • Select a Start Date: (Required) Select a beginning date for the data to be analyzed and reported.
  • Select an End Date: (Required) Select an end date for the data to be analyzed and reported.

    If you want to include data from today's date, select the end date for tomorrow. Statistics are returned based on a day that begins at midnight and ends at 11:59 PM. Statistics for the present day will not be accurate up to the minute of the request. There will be a short time delay based on the time it takes the database to record the activity.

After a report is run successfully, you can choose to save it to the Content Collection, download the report, or run a new report using different reporting criteria.