All HEIs can see the number of times a DCS link has been accessed by running their HEI report. Users who have enabled the student reader for their institution can also access another set of usage metrics (identified below by having Student Reader after the feature).
By running the separate report Downloads per content item HEIs can get the following metrics:
- Number of views: the number of times the link has been clicked on in the date range searched for
- Number of unique users: the number of users who have logged in to access content via the advanced reader, as opposed to the anonymous reader Student Reader
- Number of unique views: for those students who did log in, their duplicate use of material is subtracted from the total number of views. The more students that logged in (as can be seen in the Number of unique users field) the more accurate the result Student Reader
- Number of downloads to PDF: The number of times the 'download to PDF' button has been clicked on within the student reader Student Reader
- Number of downloads to Kortext: Not currently applicable (will review its continued need going forward) Student Reader
- Number of Prints: The number of times students have printed the extract from within the student reader Student Reader
- Length of time accessed (DD:HH:MM:SS): The amount of time, overall per link, that has been spent viewing the content in the student reader. Note that this is not a showing how long each student has spent on reading content, as we do not capture such information, but a measurement of how long a content link has been accessed in total. You could then for example pass this on to your academic staff to let them know which of their readings seem more popular based on how long they are being accessed in the reader (remember to see this in conjunction with how many downloads to PDF and prints the same items have for a realistic picture) Student Reader
- Subject: The Subject as added to the Course
- Department: The Department as added to the Course
This report will not show you which student has accessed what material, but rather gives you some metrics on course level. These can be shared with your lecturers who may be interested in seeing what content their students are engaging with the most (and least!) and how. Please note that lecturers cannot access this data unless you as a DCS user choose to send them the data. Therefore, if you have concerns around GDPR due to small student numbers on specific courses, you are free to refrain from sharing the data.