One of my mentors, an online instruction designer, has recommended that I return to using Moodle for gamification because of the rich discussion analytics, the built-in badges, etc. Are there any Apps for Canvas that could help in this area? I'm using a Canvas Free for Teachers account, and the discussion posts and analytics are the only area that has disappointed me with Canvas.
I contacted Vanilla Forums, and they recommended using their free open source solution rather than their $300/month option for an individual wanting to have discussion analytics. Is this the best option for stronger discussion forum analytics?
I've read some of the posts about the awesome work others are doing with a Google spreadsheet, but this still seems like a lot of work to get some basic essential information. I'm an English teacher with a dusty MAE in Computer Applications in Education. Am I missing a major aspect in Canvas? Is there a simple way to make Canvas discussions more robust? Am I unreasonable?