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Student Performance and Retention

Within Blackboard Learn, you can use a collection of tools and reports to assess the overall student performance and retention metrics within your courses. You can monitor retention, student performance on goals, student access and activity, student participation, and access logs.

Your institution determines which tools and features are available in your courses. Contact your institution for more information.

Monitoring Student Retention

  • Retention Center: Use the Retention Center to discover which students in your course are at risk. To learn more, see Retention Center.

Measuring Student Performance

  • Performance Dashboard: Use the Performance Dashboard to view all types of user activity in your course. To learn more, see Performance Dashboard.
  • Achievements: Use the Achievements tool to designate criteria for issuing rewards to students in the form of both badges and certificates.  To learn more, see Achievements.
  • Course Performance: View how student work performs against the target value in aligned goals. To learn more see Course Reports and Goals.

If your institution licenses Blackboard Learn Analytics, you can access the following additional reports:

  • Student At a Glance: Use this report to gather detailed information about how a student is performing compared to other students in the same course or with the same major.
  • Learn Course At a Glance: Use this report to analyze how a particular course is designed, how the course compares to other course sections in the same department or with the same course number, and how students are using the course.
  • Activity and Grade Scatter Plot: Use this report to analyze how different student activity types relate to the grades recorded in the Grade Center or the SIS Final Grade.
  • Activity Matrix: Use this course interactions matrix report to analyze activity and grade patterns in a course, and help find students with different usage and performance profiles.

Tracking Student Activity and Participation

You can track student activity, such as attendance, in your courses. Blackboard Learn has different tools to track student logins, the time students have spent in your course, and what pages in your course they are accessing.

  • Course Reports: Get a detailed picture of student activity in your course. This includes details about which students are accessing your course and when. To learn more, see Course Reports.
    • Course Activity Overview: This report 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 for each user.
    • Student Overview for a Single Course: This report displays an individual student's activity within your course, sorted by date. Data includes the total overall time the student spent in your course, as well as detailed information about the student's activity. For example, you can view which items and content areas a student accessed and the time spent on each.
    • Single Course User Participation: This report displays the academic activity of students in your course, such as submissions. The report provides a student's first name, last name, user ID, student batch ID, system availability setting, course ID, course bath ID, submission time/date stamp, and count of submissions for attemptable item types within a course, including: assignments, tests, discussions board posts, blogs, and journals. If you do not see this report, your institution has not turned it on.
  • Tasks: Track student progress for tasks that you created. To learn more, see Tasks.
  • Last Access Grade Center user column: See when a student last accessed your course from the  Last Access column. To learn more, see Grade Center Columns.
  • Statistics Tracking: Run a report to view detailed information about your content, including how many times an item was viewed by students and when it was accessed. To learn more, see Running Statistics Reports.
  • Item Analysis: View statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts. To learn more see, Item Analysis.