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Analytics in NILE

Quickly finding information about student engagement with NILE courses can really help with supporting students and learning design. 

Being able to access, understand and use this information is a great tool to see how students are engaging with your content, what students might need support or to help with learning design. This page should give you the information you need to be able to use a wide range of analytics tools in NILE to support your delivery where it's helpful for you.

Student Progress

NILE's student progress tracking allows you to see which sections of the course, students have opened and completed. You can view student progress from the three-dot menu for each item.

Press the three dot menu and select Student Progress

Student progress shows three categories:

  • Complete
  • Started
  • Unopened

Some read-only items may not register as complete, but it's always helpful to see who hasn’t accessed the content at all (unopened) versus who has (started and completed).

As well as the headline summary, there is a list of all students and their individual status. You can search for students or sort by name or status, allowing you to check individual student's progress against an item.

When you select a student, you can click the message button and send a Nile message directly to the student(s) if this is something you would like to prompt on. You can see our guide to messaging students for more details.

Assignment analytics

Assignment analytics lets you see details about submission times, time spent on exams and tests and grading all in one place. Navigate to an assignment and select "Student Activity" from the assignment's three-dot menu.

You can see the submission time, the average time submitted before the due-date and overall submission activity, giving a breakdown of details on submissions that have taken place. A mark distribution is displayed, but for most courses, this will not display accurate data due to the UON marking schemas differing from NILE's.

Below, a list of students shows their individual submission time data, number of attempts and grades. Students can be sent a message directly by using the menu on the right- see our guide on messaging students in NILE for more detail.

Discussion analytics

Analytics are also available for the discussion boards, allowing you to see the level of participation and reach. To view these, go to the discussions tab and select the three-dot menu against a discussion. Select Student Activity and you will see the analytics.

This will detail student participation including the average number of posts, the proportion having posted and the average word count per post.

Immediately below this is a list of all non-participating students. Using the envelope button on the right, you can message all students who haven't contributed. If students are set into groups, this list will show students listed by group.

Finally, at the bottom a listing is provided of the most replied to posts and the most active students in the discussion.


Test Analytics

When using multiple choice tests and quizzes on NILE, this opens up a wide range of analytics. These show not just what students have engaged, but give a deep dive into the impact and responses to questions and can be a really useful tool for designing and checking cohort progress. First, from the relevant assignments options menu, select Question Analysis.


This will then show a wide range of summary statistics about the test.


This provides a wide range of information about the assignment responses.

  • Overall score, possible questions, completed attempts and average time spent to provide a quick view of student engagement and results
  • Discrimination provides a score, ranging from -1 to 1, demonstrating how effectively questions discriminated between high-performing and poorly-performing students
  • Difficulty indicates how difficult questions are, based on the percentage of students answering them correctly.

This isn't saying that being easy or undiscriminating is bad, for example, if confirming mastery of well-taught and critical elements of the material. It's something that will have to be considered in each case- but it's good to be able to see questions are operating at levels of difficulty and discrimination you would expect to achieve the pedagogical goals of the assignment.

Below the overall summary, the same data is provided broken down by question, allowing you to see student performance and statistical analysis for each question. This data can be downloaded using the button on the right.

Course Activity

Course activity analytics allow you to see how long students have spent on your module site, and to compare individual student's activity levels to an overall average. In order to view all overall course activity analytics, overall grade generation must be switched on for the course. This must be hidden from students as it may differ from calculations on the student database and it is recommended you discuss this with your learning technologist for best results.

Course Activity analytics can be viewed by selecting the Analytics tab on your Ultra course, which will bring you straight to the Course Activity page.

This shows a list of students, their overall mark, and their activity- the time spent in the course. This is sortable by clicking on the headers. The activity time is recorded in hours.

On the right-hand side, you can select students, which will sort them to the top. You can also message students using the envelope icon, which will allow you to send a NILE message to all selected students. Each message is individual and can’t be seen by other recipients.

By selecting a particular student under My Class:

You can see that student’s activity over time in the course, is plotted on a weekly basis and shown against the average activity for the cohort. This can be downloaded using the button at the top right.

Using the button visible in the top left above, you can switch to instead show the data in detail. This can also be downloaded.

Returning to the first page showing overall course activity, if an overall mark has been calculated there will be an additional button in the top left as shown below. This will toggle over from the full dataset into a graph showing time in course plotted against the overall mark.

Analytics beyond NILE

If you would benefit from more data on student engagement and interactions, you can also look outside Nile.

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