At the end of the last academic year, we were able to report some very positive statistics on the use of the Blackboard Mobile Learn app at NUI Galway. At that time there was a fairly steady use of the app, mainly from iOS devices, averaging between 1.5 and 2 thousand logins per day. On one single day, 31st January 2013, 3.57 thousand logins were recorded, coinciding with the provisional release of semester 1 results.
Usage over the summer months fell significantly, as expected. We got excited though, at the end of August, as the newly designed app was rolled out. Gone are the corkboards on the iOS version, instead we have a cleaner, more attractive interface, easier to customise and navigate.
It looks as if our users like it too. Since the start of term, just 2 weeks ago, we’ve seen record numbers of logins per day. On last Wednesday alone, 11th September, there were 12.7 thousand logins using the app.
In the last month, there have been 4,467 unique users – people who have logged into the app at least once during the month.
The breakdown by platform remains fairly stable, with just over two thirds of unique logins coming from iOS devices. The number of Blackberry users logging into the Mobile Learn app has reduced.
While these numbers are very encouraging, and certainly indicate a huge increase in the numbers of people (staff and students) accessing Blackboard from the mobile app, it would be great to have more detailed statistics about exactly what they are doing. This early in the year, the most likely activities are announcements/notifications and accessing content.
At the Blackboard Mobile user group meeting last January there was some talk about revisiting analytics. Hopefully this is coming soon.