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Moodog: Tracking Students' Online Learning Activities

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Executive Summary

Many universities are currently using a Course Management System (CMS) to organize course materials and conduct online learning activities. However, most commercial or open source CMS software does not include comprehensive access tracking and log analysis capabilities. In this paper, the authors propose and implement a CMS log analysis tool, called Moodog, to track students' online learning activities. The goals of Moodog are twofold: First, to provide instructors with insight about how students interact with online course materials, and second, to allow students to easily compare their own progress to others in the class. With the activity information available, Moodog also provides automatic email reminders to students encouraging or instructing them to view available materials that they have not yet accessed.

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