What is an activity report?
An activity report lets you see what percentage of activities your students completed for selected content sections by a date/time you specify when running a report. The report is a CSV file, which instructors use to upload scores into a gradebook in Canvas, Blackboard, etc.
We created the reporting approach because we are professors ourselves and wanted a flexible approach. Compared to assignments, reports require no initial set up, no modifications to change a due date, and no special steps to grant exceptions for individual students. You announce due dates however you wish. Then, anytime after a due date, you run any reports you wish to get the data you need, as a CSV file. You can do whatever you want with that CSV file, including create new columns to sum items into one value, adjust/scale values -- whatever you wish. You upload the CSV file to your gradebook in any LMS. We recommend instructors new to zyBooks start with this simple flexible reports approach. In subsequent terms, if you wish to create assignments (which are essentially pre-defined reports), you of course can, though many instructors are happy with and stay with reporting.
A report contains the student's last name, first name, email, class section (if applicable), total overall score (weighted), total participation score (weighted), total challenge activity score (weighted), followed by individual columns for participation activity scores for each section and challenge activity scores for each section.
Each section has variable points available. Ex: Section 1.1 may have 12 points and Section 1.2 may have 20 points. For participation activities, each animation is one point and each question is 1 point. For challenge activities, each level is worth one point (or for coding CAs, passing one test case is 1 point, passing the rest is another point). The total scores are weighted based on the number of points available in each section.
Reports are provided in CSV format and can typically be uploaded directly to your LMS gradebook.
How do I download an activity report?
1. Go to the "Reporting" tab on the homepage of the zyBook you want to download a report for.
2. Next, select the content sections you want to include in your report by using the checkboxes on the left. Note: If you have already set up an assignment for your class, you can select the assignment from the drop-down box provided and the checkboxes on the left will be auto-checked.
3. Next, select the due date. You can also use the drop-down picker above the date to choose if you want to download a report for the entire class or a particular class section.
4. Once you have selected your sections and date, click the orange "Download report" button.
Note: If you just need data for one student (perhaps if you granted an extension), in step 3, change "Entire class" to the one student's name, then run the report. You'll get a report with one row.
How do I read an activity report?
Reports will contain columns for the students, name, email address and 4 totals. (Note that if you are using class sections or student id's these will also appear in the report.
The 4 totals are overall total, participation total, challenge total, and lab total. If you are using a zyBook that does not contain zyLabs, a lab total will not be included.
After the totals, the spreadsheet will contain a detailed breakdown of how much work a student completed in each section.
You will notice that each section header has a number in parenthesis, this is the number of points available in that section. For example in the screenshots above you can see that Section 1.2 has 19 participation points, and 11 challenge points available.
Because each section is worth a different number of points, we weight the total scores based on the number of points. For example, Frank Grimes has Participation total of 97.36%.
To compute this, we'll want to look at the 5 participation scores and the number of points available in each section to compute a weighted total. We will multiply each percentage by its weight and sum all of the products together to get the weighted total. We will compute the weight by dividing the number of points available in that section by the number of total points. That math would look like this:
[100 * (8/76)] + [100 * (19/76)] + [100 * (17/76)] + [90.476 * (21/76)] + [100 * (11/76)]