iLearn Insights can now show you whether a student was onshore or offshore when they last accessed your iLearn unit and then display this on a location map so you can see where in the world they are.

Find out by running the ‘Participants Report’

Data for the ‘Last accessed location‘ for each student in your unit has been added as a new column within the ‘Participants’ report in iLearn Insights.

‘Last accessed location’ information can be accessed from Unit > Participants menu.

Here’s how this information is being used in the Master of Public Health

iLearn insights has been a useful tool in supporting our Unit Convenors and Course Director in monitoring our students’ engagement for the Master of Public Health (MPH) course. As many students were scattered all around the world in 2021 due to COVID, I reached out to Shamim to have this Student Location Report created, using the IP address location on where the students last accessed their units from. Our session 2, 2021 Unit Convenors found this function to be useful as they were able to trace which students were onshore or offshore for the arrangement of the assessments’ timing and method of delivery. As we are getting ready for session 1, 2022 delivery, and checking on iLearn insights, I’m finding it useful to see improvement on this report to include the map of the world to find the countries where students are located.

Diana Turnip (MPH course administrator)

The world map highlights student numbers by country

View the locations of students accessing your iLearn unit. This is based on the student’s last accessed IP address. Please note that if any student uses VPN to access iLearn, then that student access location might not be accurate. This is because there are some IP addresses that iLearn insights cannot map to a country and so all those students will be classed as ‘unknown location’ and the total number will be shown at the top right corner of the geographic chart.

Please find below some examples of the student location map:

Example location map 1
Example location map 2

Report shows last accessed location for each individual student

At this stage instead of displaying country and city information, iLearn insights will display either onshore (in Australia), offshore (outside Australia), or ‘not known‘ for each student’s location where they last accessed iLearn.

Please note students offshore using a VPN may appear to be onshore within the ‘Last accessed location’ column.

You can filter by using the ‘Last accessed location’ selection box, or you can sort by clicking the table heading.

Initiative thanks to:

  • Diana Turnip (MPH course administrator)

For information about all of the new iLearn Insights features now available read this Summary of iLearn Insights new functionality S1 2022.

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Posted by Shamim Joarder

Shamim Joarder has worked for various educational institutions since 2001. His eLearning journey began in 2009 working as an eLearning Project Manager at the University of Adelaide. Mr. Joarder currently works at Macquarie University, Sydney as Senior Learning Analytics Adviser, where he has designed and developed two unique learning analytic applications titled 'iLearn insights' and 'MyLearn'. He has also authored the book 'Moodle eLearning Course Design: A Flexible Approach'. Mr. Joarder received numerous accolades, including awarded silver at the QS Reimagine Education Awards 2023 in Abu Dhabi under the Regional (Oceania) award category, 2022 ACODE and CAUDIT Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and was a finalist in the 2022 AFR Higher Education Excellence Awards. His work was first recognised in Singapore at the ASCILITE 2019 conference by winning the ASCILITE award for innovation. He also won 2021 Vice Chancellor's Learning Innovation award at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

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