Introduction

Time Tracker is a tool which is designed to track the time spent by your learners in a specific activity/resource and then in the entire course of the LMS.

In this documentation we will explore how you can setup your LMS to take benefit of this feature. We also covered an article on What is a Time Tracker and why your institute need one.

 

How does it work?

The Time Tracker works best if you understand the few terminologies and how they work with each other.

  1. Maximum idle time: After how long (in minutes) of no activity(idle time) on the screen, should the idle-time check pop-up window appear.
  2. Allowed idle time: This is an average amount of time that your learner would take to take to go through a single page of this activity/resource. This must be less than ‘Maximum idle time’.
  3. Autosave: By default the autosave time is set to two minutes. This will be helpful in case the learner accidentally closes the browser or in case the browser crashes for some reason.

Lets understand these settings with an example. Suppose you have a Book resource having 5 chapters, and each chapter is further divided into short topics. Lets say the reading time for a topic is 5 minutes (on an average), and the learner should not take more than 10 minutes in the worst situation. In this case, you would save 5mins to “Allowed idle time” apparently the reading time and 10mins to “Maximum idle time”.

 

What happens after a learner crosses Maximum idle time limit?

If the learner shows no activity on the page for more than “Maximum idle time” which is 10 minutes in our example, a pop-up window opens, and only 5mins will be logged to his/her record.

Time Tracker popup window

 

How do I set it up?

The set up of Time Tracker is easy, follow these steps to enable Time Tracker in an activity/resource.

Note, currently Time Tracker works only on the following activities/resources:

  • Book
  • Lesson
  • Page
  • SCORM package
  • Quiz
  • H5P interactive content

Step 1: Go to the desired course and Turn editing on

Step2: Click on Add an activity/resource link

Add activity or resource button

Step 3: Enable the Time Tracker, feed the desired values for Maximum idle time, and Allowed idle time.

Enable Time Tracker in activity and resource

If you do not see Time Tracker block on settings page, that means it’s not enabled in your account. Create a ticket for our support team to enable it for you.

Step 3: Save the changes and you are done!

 

Activity restriction based on Tracked Time

Once you enable Time Tracker in an activity/resource you can then restrict another activity/resource based on the tracked time of a learner. For instance, let’s say you have an activity that must be restricted (locked to access) unless a learner has spent at least 30mins in previous activity/resource. In such cases you can enable Restrict access settings of the following activity/resource. Let’s see how you can do that.

Step1: Add the following activity/resource by clicking on Add an activity/resource link

Step2: Fill all the details of the activity/resource and then scroll down on the settings page until you reach to “Restrict access” section, expand it and then click on “Add restriction” button. After this make the desired settings to restrict this activity/resource.

Time Tracker restrict access

 

Time Tracker block for quick reporting (Learner’s end)

With the Time Tracker block you can show your learner exactly how much time he/she has spent in the activity/resource and in the entire course. The block lists all the activity/resource where you have enabled Time Tracker. Here is an example of it.

Time Tracker block

 

To enable this block on a course’s sidebar, follow these steps.

Step 1: Go to the desired course and Turn editing on https://scholarlms.net/time-tracker/

Step2: Click on Add block from the top button which is just beside the Turn editing on button.

Step3: A popup will open, scroll down until you see Time Tracker. Click on it to add to the course page, and you are done!

 

How to make best use of this feature?

Time Tracker feature will be useful in cases where an Institute/Company’s have to make sure their learner spend some minimum amount of time to acquire an accreditation or certifications. Not limited to that, you can always use this feature for understanding the behaviour of your learners.

With the help of “Max. idle time” and “Allowed idle time” settings you can get the accurate tracked time of a learner. The lower the numbers are the more accurate results you will have which you can then use to implement restrictions within the course. At the same time it could be annoying if learners has to see the “Resume course” popup in every couple of minutes. So you have to find that balance of getting the accurate results settings without disturbing the learning experience of your learners.

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