There are many reasons and uses for a Student Activity Report/Analytics that demonstrates the amount of time a student spent in an activity. This Time Spent data should be available for both Instructors and Students to access and produce a report from. Here are a couple use cases.
When looking at student success (or lack of success), it is great to see participation, but the page views is of dubious value. If a student simply clicks through pages, they get counted the same as someone who actually spent time reading the content of a page. I know we can see the time spent if we look at the login report (which I think needs to be more robust rather than only giving us the start time for the last time a page was viewed), but I would like to see something such as total time spent in course or total time each day etc. on the course analytics page along with participation and page views.
We have a state funded program that requires students to present a log of the time they spend in the online environment. If they do not complete so many hours a week they lose their funding. We have looked at the page view log available under the student account, but it does not give a solid login and logout point and the students cannot access it.
It would be helpful if students could produce their own activity report and if the report indicated how much time was spent in the course environment per day.