The Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice (SNAPP) Tool and Visualizing Moodle Forums

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If you’re interested in some ways to visualize student engagement in the Moodle classroom, the Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice (SNAPP) tool is something worth looking at.  SNAPP is a bookmarklet available from http://www.snappvis.org/ which allows you to visualize the connections made in any Moodle discussion forum.  It’s very easy to use, there’s nothing to install to your server and the outcome is pretty slick.

See this example at a The example below is of this Moodle.org forum which had a lost of posts and participants: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=171235

The tool has several key parts:

  • timeline of the posts and number of posts 
  • chart of all users, their posts and how other users have replied to those posts
  • statistics (number of posts, etc.)

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Get started with the download here: http://www.snappvis.org/?page_id=6. To get it to work I did need to give permission for the script to run in my browser and then click again to give permission for Java to run.

Here’s a quick video created back in 2010 that shows the original SNAPP in action. Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTO_YDdHxRs

Another visualization option:

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