This document describes Pressbooks’s Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting features and provides links to additional resources about learning analytics.
Pressbooks is a content authoring platform based on Wordpress which is designed for users to author, edit, and host texts. Typically the items created with Pressbooks are works like textbooks, lab manuals, or anthologies. Pressbooks also allows users to author and add interactive content to their projects with:
H5P (HTML 5 Package), a framework for building small HTML5 based interactives which can be embedded into a Pressbook. With H5P, users can intersperse their textual content with small quizzes or other interactives that can help reinforce learning. These interactives can be configured to emit learning analytic data that approximates clickstream data as xAPI statements (Experience API). The xAPI statements can then be stored in a Learning Record Store (LRS) for storage and exporting.
Analyzing this data can help authors revise their content (or questions) to better support their learning objectives for their learners.
Pressbooks should generally be used to create primarily text-based content. Though learning analytic data can be collected from H5P activities in Pressbooks, the process of configuring, exporting, and interpreting that data is fairly manual and can be challenging. For this reason, the use of H5P to develop “self-check” questions or other formative, or low stakes assessments is recommended over other uses.
If you are interested in learning about the more advanced uses of Pressbooks, please request a consultation from the Learn@UW-Madison team via the DoIT Help Desk.
The learning analytic data that can be accessed directly by users without first configuring the Pressbook in question is very limited. For this reason, we recommended that users interested in learning more about learning analytics in Pressbooks request a consultation from Learn@UW-Madison through the DoIT Help Desk.
However, once a Pressbook is properly configured, users are able to access xAPI data from the H5P activities in Pressbooks including timestamps, responses to questions, time spent on activity, and other information. These data provide almost click-stream level data from H5P activities and depending on how the pressbook is configured may be attributable to a specific student.
Learning analytics data from Pressbooks are best used to inform design decisions about the pressbook itself and to gauge student activity or interest in the material discussed in the work.
For example, data indicating which questions (if present) were most commonly missed by students can be used to identify gaps in student knowledge and can inform how instructors review material during lecture sessions (if applicable).
Using Pressbooks requires an account to access the UW-Madison Pressbooks instance. To request an account, please contact the DoIT Help Desk.
You can learn more about Pressbooks at Pressbooks - Overview (UW-Madison) or on the DoIT AT website. Additionally, if you’re interested in Pressbooks’s Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting features, see Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - Getting Started with Pressbooks to author interactive modules.