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Initial Blackboard log file analysis

July 7, 2011 by knab2ar Assessment, Blackboard, Featured  No Comments

I started working on the Blackboard log file analysis to find out which features are used and how heavily.  I only imported log files for July 1 through July 7, so this is not necessarily representative, but I think it shows that the data for a full year would give us a good idea of what users are doing.

The table below contains the 100 most common types of requests with the respective frequency and the number of courses they apply to.  For example, the first entry relates to the discussion board (I think it’s reading a message, finding the exact meaning of a request may take some extra time), which happened almost 120,000 times, but touched only 137 courses.

I’m planning on running this on all the logs since last fall, but that will take some time and storage space, so I’d like to talk about it a little more first at the next LMS meeting to see if this is exactly what we want (since running it again slightly differently would take a lot of time again).

+-------------------------------------------------------+--------+-----+
| url                                                   | count  | crs |
+-------------------------------------------------------+--------+-----+
| /webapps/discussionboard/do/message                   | 119632 | 137 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/dwr/call/plaincall/MessageMa |  55006 |   0 |
| /webapps/blackboard/execute/launcher                  |  53681 |   0 |
| /courses/content                                      |  45759 | 400 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/launchLink.jsp            |  33367 | 463 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/courseMenu.jsp            |  28413 | 844 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/do/forum                     |  24214 | 141 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/take/saveAttempt               |  23082 |   0 |
| /                                                     |  22130 |   0 |
| /courses/content/                                     |  20307 | 249 |
| /branding                                             |  20135 |   0 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/do/conference                |  18683 | 270 |
| /bin/common/announcement.pl                           |  17964 | 716 |
| /bin/common/content.pl                                |  13718 |   1 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/student/viewGrades              |  11531 | 444 |
| /webapps/blackboard/course/course_button.jsp          |  10872 | 417 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/dwr/call/plaincall/MessageTr |   7953 |   0 |
| /webapps/                                             |   5144 |   0 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/student/viewCourses             |   5075 |   0 |
| /webapps/jspell/preview.jsp                           |   4979 |   0 |
| /webapps/gradebook/dwr/call/plaincall/GradebookDWRFac |   4140 |   0 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp   |   4064 | 240 |
| /modules/forum/                                       |   3727 |   0 |
| /bin/common/course.pl                                 |   3678 | 426 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/instructor/viewGradeDetails     |   3648 |  99 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/instructor/getJSONData          |   3476 | 197 |
| /webapps/blackboard/assignments/student/do_assignment |   3330 |  76 |
| /webapps/bbgs-acxiom-bb_bb60/execute/acxiomGateway    |   3280 |  90 |
| /webapps/assessment/take/launch.jsp                   |   3178 |  87 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/launchAssessment.jsp      |   3013 |  91 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/instructor/viewSpreadsheet2     |   2973 | 200 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/take/saveAttempt.root          |   2669 |   0 |
| /webapps/assessment/review/review.jsp                 |   2522 |  92 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/authoring/modifyAssessment     |   2408 |  30 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/instructor/enterGradeCenter     |   2284 | 198 |
| /courses/db                                           |   1917 |  41 |
| /reports/                                             |   1725 |   0 |
| /courses/uploads                                      |   1616 |  48 |
| /favicon.ico                                          |   1562 |   0 |
| /webapps/assessment/grade/grade.jsp                   |   1431 |  56 |
| /webapps/blackboard/assignments/student/proc_do_assig |   1413 |  64 |
| /webapps/gradebook/gradebook2/instructor/gradecenter_ |   1295 | 199 |
| /bin/common/control_panel.pl                          |   1277 | 222 |
| /bin/common/group.pl                                  |   1257 |  37 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/jsfunctions.jsp           |   1192 |   0 |
| /webapps/jspell/JSpell.jsp                            |   1155 |   0 |
| /webapps/lobj-podcast-bb_bb60/feed/podcast.xml        |   1102 |   0 |
| /webapps/blackboard/assignments/student/review_assign |   1082 |  74 |
| /webapps/blackboard/email/caret.jsp                   |   1064 | 217 |
| /webapps/BB-ElluminateLive!-bb_bb60/links/listSession |    890 |  33 |
| /webapps/blackboard/assignments/instructor/grade_assi |    887 |  50 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/manageItem.jsp            |    862 | 138 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/do/grades                    |    840 |  10 |
| /bin/button.pl                                        |    813 |   0 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/manageItem_proc.jsp       |    803 | 131 |
| /webapps/blackboard/execute/displayEmail              |    802 | 202 |
| /webapps/blackboard/assignments/instructor/proc_grade |    796 |  43 |
| /bin/common/dropbox.pl                                |    790 |  56 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/authoring/modifyMultipleChoice |    785 |  18 |
| /nocookies.html                                       |    754 |   0 |
| /webapps/BB-ElluminateLive!-bb_bb60/links/launch.jsp  |    716 |  47 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/student/viewAttempts            |    693 |  75 |
| /webapps/blackboard/execute/sendEmail                 |    626 | 172 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/listLearningUnit.jsp      |    626 |   3 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/learningUnitItem.jsp      |    621 |   2 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/learningUnitNav.jsp       |    620 |   2 |
| /webapps/assessment/grade/receipt.jsp                 |    588 |  43 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/authoring/viewAssessmentManage |    582 |  55 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/content/caret                  |    537 |   0 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/instructor/addModifyItemDefinit |    536 |  60 |
| /courses/attempt/                                     |    519 |  51 |
| /webapps/jspell/jspellpopup.jsp                       |    474 |   0 |
| /courses/db/                                          |    456 |  22 |
| /webapps/index.php                                    |    440 |   0 |
| /courses                                              |    429 |   0 |
| /webapps/BB-ElluminateLive!-bb_bb60/links/buildMeetin |    411 |  29 |
| /webapps/jspell/blank.jsp                             |    406 |   0 |
| /courses/attempt                                      |    402 |  33 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/content/assessment             |    362 |  73 |
| /webapps/assessment/take/launch-redirect.jsp          |    344 |  26 |
| /webapps/BB-ElluminateLive!-bb_bb60/links/buildRecord |    325 |  18 |
| /servlet/index.php                                    |    320 |   0 |
| /webapps/blackboard/execute/viewCatalog               |    291 |   0 |
| /index.php                                            |    274 |   0 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/closeWindow.jsp              |    273 |   0 |
| /webapps/gradebook/do/instructor/modifyGrade2         |    272 |   0 |
| /webapps/status.php3                                  |    266 |   0 |
| /cgi-bin/index.php                                    |    265 |   0 |
| /scripts/index.php                                    |    264 |   0 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/dwr/call/plaincall/MessagePa |    251 |   0 |
| /webapps/discussionboard/do/webeq3.editor.InputContro |    244 |   0 |
| /courses/staffinformation                             |    242 |  66 |
| /courses/groups                                       |    240 |   5 |
| /bin/common/search.pl                                 |    236 |  71 |
| /webapps/blackboard/content/manageFolder.jsp          |    213 |  57 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/authoring/modifyJumbledSentenc |    205 |   2 |
| /webapps/BB-ElluminateLive!-bb_bb60/links/JoinEllumin |    205 |   7 |
| /webapps/assessment/do/content/saveOptions            |    204 |   0 |
| /webapps/BU02-onlineJournal-bb_bb60/links/tool.jsp    |    203 |  13 |
| /reports/info.php                                     |    196 |   0 |
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