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Reading List Guide: Kortext Analytics Dashboard

A quick introduction to the reading list service from the Library

Acessing Kortext Analytics

If Library staff have requested Kortext e-textbooks for your module, you will have been granted access to a powerful analytics dashboard and a wealth of student engagement data relating specifically to those readings. If this is the case, you will have already received an email inviting you to access the Kortext Analytics dashboard for the first time.

If you have received this email, you will be able to access Kortext Analytics from your Kortext Bookshelf. Simply click the button labelled Analytics that appears in the purple column on the left of the screen (boxed in red in the above screenshot), and then Dashboard in the resulting drop-down menu. If you believe that Kortext content has been requested for your module but you either haven't received the invitation email or cannot see the Analytics button in your Bookshelf, please get in touch with the Library and we will grant you access.

Analytics Dashboard

Once accessed, you will first see the Analytics Summary page. All pages feature a bar for selecting the Enrolment Period and Report Pages across the top of the dashboard, along with a collapsible Bookmarks list running down the left-hand side and a collapsible Filters list down the right-hand side.

The terminology used to label the Report Pages can be quite opaque. However, the report functionality is actually quite simple:

  • Summary – gives you an overview of how Kortext is being used throughout the whole University. This can be useful for comparing your students' own engagement and activity with the rest of the University, and determining averages.
  • User – lets you see whether individual students are engaging with their assigned e-textbooks. This report displays whether the modules you teach have high or low engagement. You can also search for individual students to see how many times they have used Kortext, when was their last study session, and which e-textbooks they are using.
  • Content – lets you see how your students are engaging with individual e-textbooks. This allows you to drill down into your students' study practices much more deeply by showing whether they are using all or only part of an e-textbook, as well as which keywords students are using for searches within the full text.
  • Access – gives you an insight into how your students are studying generally using Kortext. It shows where in the world and what time of day they access Kortext content.
  • List – allows you to create and download reports for more in-depth analysis.

Kortext Analytics contains a wide range of metrics labelled very succinctly. We advise you consult the Help feature on each Report Page, accessed by clicking the question mark within a black circle (next to the Settings button toward the top right-hand corner of the dashboard, boxed in red in the screenshot above). Although the metrics are named consistently across each report, the metrics actually used in each page will vary so you should read through the Help for every report to get a better understanding of its potential uses.

Analytics Top Tips

  1. Whenever figures are truncated or rounded, hover the cursor over the figure to see the precise figure appear in a black tooltip.
  2. Don't use the Enrolment Period slider as this simply filters the data by subscription period or academic year. You can filter by custom time period on the each Report Page instead.
  3. You will probably use the User Report most frequently, followed by the Content Report, so get to know these reports and interfaces well! The user report tells you how students are engaging with readings generally. The content report drills down into how students are using specific resources.
  4. You won't need to use the Filters in the right-hand column unless you teach a large number of modules or have assigned multiple e-textbooks to a single reading list. However, you may find the Filters useful if you want to pinpoint how students are using specific e-textbooks across multiple reports.
  5. If you use the same Filters regularly, create Bookmarks. These save intricate data configurations and allow you to return to them with a single click. Any Bookmarks you create appear in the left-hand column.
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