Model of logfile analysis

The basic idea of the MOCLog approach to logfile analys  is to combine in a useful tool a systematic understanding of eLearning quality with data about LMS activities by users (logfiles). Similarly to a detective who tries to make sense of the clues of a crime not only based on case experience but also by using forensic science (Sherlock Holmes is famous for this), in developing the MOClog model of logfile analysis we also intend to use eLearning science and especially its insights in the quality of the learning process; this understanding, complemented with eLearning good practice (experience), will be our guide in the work of interpreting the traces that learning activities leave in the LMS system in the shape of logfile entries.

The FFHS has defined a model that supports the design of MOCLog functionalities. This model is called MOCLog solution map and consists on the definition of functionalities based on the following elements:

  • a specific didactical objective that needs to be achieved
  • the learning process that leads to that objective and needs to be monitored
  • the eLearning function which enables that learning process
  • the LMS-tool which supports that function
  • and finally the log code and logfile entry which indicates the use of this tool.

The model was used to design and develop the MOCLog tool.

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