Visualizations

This section describes the visualizations that are available at the Course level in Ilios.
Visualization are graphs and charted information intended to help make informed decisions about how Ilios is being used and how this use could be improved.
One of the available charts displays the usage of Objectives and how frequently they are utilized in a Course ... or more importantly let you know when they are not being used.
access course visualizations
After clicking on the graph icon as shown above, you will see a screen similar to the following with (at the time of update) four different visualizations available to review.
Each visualization currently available is displayed at this level in a donut or pie shaped graph. Clicking on any of the four will result in seeing the data in greater detail.
Course Visualizations available ...
Visualization - starting point

Objectives

The example below is from a user clicking on the Objectives visualization (the one in the upper left corner). It is displayed as shown below.
Mousing over any of the Objectives will display the full text of the Objective as well as the names of the Sessions to which it has been attached. Unused Objectives are simply listed for reference and are not included in the chart.
Mouse-over demonstrated

Data Table

The Objectives visualization includes a data table to review the information presented in graphical format as a table. This can be quite a long table given how many sessions can exist in a large course. The top portion of the data table for the selected course is shown below using two different sort orders. The data can be sorted by any of the output columns (ascending or descending).
Sort Order One - Percentage (Descending)
Sort by Percentage descending
Sort Order Two - Competency (Ascending)
Sort by Competency descending

Session Types

The Session Types visualization is laid out horizontally rather than in a pie chart like the Objectives visualization in the section above. In the example below, I am hovering over a specific Session Type to review the usage specific of that session type in this particular course.
Session Types (higher level)
Clicking the "Discussion, Small Group (<=12)" link on the horizontal bar chart will guide you into additional details regarding those sessions. You can review Vocabulary Terms associated with the specified Session Type.
Session Types (lower level)

Vocabularies

The Vocabularies visualization shows how the Vocabularies set up for your school have been using in tagging sessions with this selected Course.
Initially the visualization displays all of the used Vocabulary libraries for this course. To get to the details, it is necessary to click on the Vocabulary to be reviewed.
Vocabulary Visualization (top level)
After clicking on "UCSF 49", which is one of UCSF SOM school-specific Vocabularies, you can drill down into the results.
Vocabulary Visualization (lower level)
In the example presented above, the mouse is hovering over one of the UCSF 49 Vocabulary terms (Bleeding Disorders). Displayed is the percentage of the total instructional time of the sessions that were tagged with UCSF 49 Vocabulary terms that were tagged with "Bleeding Disorders", along with the duration of these offerings and the listing of the associated Sessions.

Instructors

The Instructors visualization functions in a similar manner to Vocabularies. You do get a bit more information at the higher level though - a percentage of the total. After clicking on the Instructor's name, it takes you down into a view showing the Vocabulary Terms tagged on this Instructor's sessions along with another graph showing Session Types for this instructor's offerings. Another thing it offers, because it needs to in a complicated course, is the option to filter on the lower level (horizontal bar chart).
Here is the top level view of the Instructors Visualization in a course that has completed. You can see how many instructors are going to be included in the horizontal bar chart.
Instructors Visualization (top level)
After clicking the donut chart above, the bar chart appears as shown below. In this example, the user is hovering over the data for "Julie Christina Lewis", however the bar representing the data pertaining to her teaching activity would be very hard to find given how many instructors performed instructional duties in this course.
Instructors Visualization (lower level)
Use the Filter
Using the example presented above, we will filter to focus in on the results of the instructor whose teaching details we wish to view.
Instructors Visualization (post-filter)
Following the steps outlined above, we now see the details of the teaching activities for the selected instructor. We can also review the type of sessions as well as the Vocabulary Terms associated with those sessions for which Julie Christina Lewis was the instructor. Also there is a breakdown of Total Instructional Time along with the total for asynchronous learning (ILM instruction).
Instructor detail view