What are Reporting Templates in the Impact Dashboard?
Impact user activity data is gathered using hundreds of out-of-the-box and custom created data monitors. Each monitor is responsible for registering a single user action (e.g. clicking a submit button or visiting a discussion board). In order to visualize the immense amount of data from these monitors in a single consolidated report, monitors are categorized into reporting templates.
Reporting Template Structure
A reporting template is a hierarchical structure consisting of top-level monitor categories, each of which can contain multiple levels of sub-categories. Each top-level or sub-category can contain one or multiple monitors.
The diagram above represents a potential reporting template structure. In this example, the data gathered by Monitors X, Y, and Z are visualized separately under Monitor (Sub-)Categories A1, A2, and B respectively. Monitor Category A groups the data from Monitors X and Y together as each Monitor (Sub-)Category consolidates the data from all of its child categories.
Impact comes with a pre-made set of reporting templates, tailored to your learning application(s). However, you can customize these templates or create your own from scratch.
Where are reporting templates used?
There are several reports in the Impact dashboard that use reporting templates to collate data from a multitude of monitors:
- The Tool Adoption Report
- The Course Activity Report
Although these reports are structured differently, the way in which reporting templates function within them is generally the same. Below are the different ways in which (parts of) reporting templates are implemented across these reports.
Reporting Templates in the Tool Adoption and Course Activity Reports
The Tool Adoption Report and Course Activity Report each contain a chart based on a reporting template.
The reporting template in Course Activity Report displays all first-level Monitor Categories belonging to the selected reporting template, including a consolidated adoption percentage. The adoption percentage is the percentage of active users who triggered at least one monitor within each category. The connected graph presents the adoption level over time for each of these categories.
Once a specific Monitor (Sub-)Category is selected, the chart updates to display the adoption level of each child category of the selected category.
Monitor Categories in the Course Activity Report
On the search page of the Course Activity Report, it is possible to append adoption data from one or multiple individual Monitor Categories to the search results. This allows you to perform an upfront analysis of user activity across a group of courses before deciding to look into an individual course report.
Data from Monitor Categories is appended to the search results of the Course Activity Report.
Monitor Categories in Campaigns
Campaigns allow you to combine deploy messages and support content to a specific target audience and measure the resulting impact on user activity. In order to focus on the campaign's desired outcome metrics, you can assign any combination of Monitor Categories to a campaign. The selected Monitor Categories feed into the overall adoption score that is presented on the Campaign Details page.