Viewing and exporting discussion statistics

Viewing discussion statistics

Statistics give you an overview of user activity in your discussion topics and forums. You can use this information to determine which topics are stimulating conversation and which are not, or who is posting frequently and who is hanging back. As the semester unfolds, you can use statistics to pinpoint topics in need of conversation-starters and to follow the participation levels of different users, so you can send email reminders to users who have not been participating, or ask overly vocal users to slow down and give others a chance to contribute. When the semester is finished, statistics help you identify the topics that were most effective and the ones you might want to omit or modify for the next course.


Unapproved and deleted messages are not included in message counts.

When viewing statistics by user, only users who appear in the classlist are listed, but totals include messages posted by all users.

You can sort statistics by clicking on any column heading.

View statistics for a specific forum or topic

Click the View Topic Statistics or View Forum Statistics from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to view.

View statistics for the entire course,

On the Discussions List page, click Statistics from the tool navigation.

Exporting discussion statistics

You can export statistics to a CSV file and then import the data into a spreadsheet application to perform further analysis.

Export statistics

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Statistics from the tool navigation.
  2. Click Export to CSV File.
  3. Once the file has finished processing, click the file name to download the file.


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