Getting started with Insights

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Insights is a powerful tool that allows you to monitor content, audience behaviour and usage trends.

Data can transform the way we teach in the 21st century. Track and download data on your students’ ebook usage and reading behaviour to analyse how they interact with educational material. Then use this perceptive data to inform your content choices, annual budgets and teaching strategies, so your institution can learn and grow.

The Insights platform collates data collected from individual user accounts via Engage and the Snapplify Reader application.

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Getting started

Access Insights by visiting insights.snapplify.com and logging in with your existing Snapplify account details.

Adopting a data-driven approach to teaching

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of using digital tools is the underlying ability to track user behaviour and engagement in ways that were never possible in pre-digital classrooms. The use of analytics in the classroom is a relatively new area of strategic intervention, and the possibilities are both practical and far-reaching. Now, we’re able to use this information to test how effective teaching strategies are, to compare student outcomes with effort put in, and to highlight gaps quicker.We now have the technology to ask and answer deeper questions about the effectiveness of the education we are offering the next generation. We also have the tools to leverage the power, promise and potential that technology has to offer. With access to this key data, educators can feel empowered to develop new pedagogical processes to transform their classrooms and offer their students a world of possibility through world-class digital education.

Now that you have an idea of how you can use analytics in your school, learn how to read the data collected from your students and staff.

Filtering your data

Date range

The date range allows you to filter the data you wish to view by selecting a date range filter.

You can filter your data by the following date ranges:

  • Today: gives you the view of data for today
  • Yesterday: gives you the view of data for the previous day/yesterday
  • Last 30 Days: gives you the data for the last 30 days e.g 26/07/2018 – 24/08/2018
  • Last Month: gives you the data for the last month e.g 01/07/2018 – 31/07/2018
  • This Month: gives you the data for the current month e.g 1/08/2018 – 31/08/2018
  • This Year: gives you the data for the current year e.g 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2018
  • Custom Date: gives you the data for the dates you choose e.g 08/06/2017 – 10/12/2017

Selecting a date range will help you to review data by month, or by school term, and allows you to draw comparisons between periods. Reviewing certain time periods and comparing them to pre-existing date ranges will allow you to determine trends that may require teacher intervention.You may wish to determine whether the technology has been effective, and specifically, when it is most effective. During term time, or in the holidays? At the beginning of the year, or towards the end of the year? Use this data to examine which teaching strategies lead to improved/sustained learner engagement, and conversely, which strategies struggle to maintain this engagement throughout the year.

Tip: Insights Data is dependent on the date and time settings of your device. Always ensure that the date and time settings on a device is set to ‘Automatic’ so that the date and time is always accurate.

Content

The Content analytics on Insights allows you to view what content is being viewed by your students. You can see the Most and Least Popular as well as the Most and Least Read titles. Reviewing content data will show you how specific textbooks are being used, and which content is more engaging and helpful to students. With this information, you can make informed decisions about procurement and how best to spend your book budget in the coming year.

Most Popular & Least Popular Content

Popular content includes those titles that are most often prescribed for your students by your teachers. By analysing this data you’ll be able to compare which content is preferred by your educators. This provides you with useful information when managing annual procurement and budgeting.

Most Read & Least Read Content

Data around the reading of content shows you which titles your students spend the most time reading, and those that they spend the least time reading. Not only is this data useful for annual procurement, it also can be used by teachers to identify areas of weakness for students. They can assess what subjects and textbooks students are neglecting, and when they are spending more time on a subject than necessary (an indicator that they may be struggling to grasp concepts).

Behaviour

The Behaviour analytics on Insights allows you to view the number of Active Users and the Engagement Hours of students.

Active Users

Active User data provides you with a day-by-day breakdown of how many students are actively reading and engaging with content. You can use this information to identify when students are starting to invest time in studying for exams, and if they are not preparing in time. You can also identify what percentage of students are investing time in reading and learning on a daily basis, and use this to inform your teaching strategies.

Engagement Hours

Engagement data is broken down by the hour, so that you can gain insight into when and for how long students are studying each day, or over a period of time. You can use this data in comparison with student outcomes to assess if your teaching strategies are effective; for example, by assessing the effect that a flipped classroom model vs traditional pedagogy has on your learner outcomes.

Audience

The Audience analytics on Insights allows you to view users who are active on the Snapplify Reader, as well as users who are deleting books.

You may choose to use recent engagement and audience data to prepare for parent-teacher meetings. This information could be used to discuss the ways in which a student is interacting with content, as well as the student’s use of textbooks at home. In some cases, where low marks correspond with low engagement during homework hours, for instance, the data could demonstrate the need for parents to supervise after-school work. Students can also be compared to each other to determine methods that are working for various students and determine how these can be adapted to suit the needs of different students across the peer group. These kinds of strategic interventions can positively reinforce a student’s school career.

Most Active & Least Active Users

See a breakdown of which of your students are most active on the platform: studying their textbooks, making annotations, and checking out library books, and which are not investing the necessary time in their studies. Use this information to identify knowledge gaps and better support your students.

Most Deleting & Least Deleting Users

View which users are deleting titles to ensure that your students always have access to the books they need to do homework and study for exams.