Showcase Classroom FAQs – How do I analyse how students are reacting to my revision material?


showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom. We hope you find them useful!

Catch up on FAQ #1 – Demonstrating learning through Sway

Catch up on FAQ #2 – Using OneNote for engaging feedback

Catch up on FAQ #3 – A quick solution to enhancing collaborative working


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I analyse how students are reacting to my revision material?

In the last post of this series, we addressed an interest in quick and easy ways to enhance collaborative work. This included looking at incorporating tools such as OneDrive and SharePoint into everyday activities. This collaboration is relevant to students, academics, administrative staff, parents… pretty much everybody!  For today’s post, we are shifting the focus back onto the direct student and teacher experience. In our ‘Showcase Classroom’, we recently hosted an open session for our eager to innovate educators. It was a chance to dive deeper into the Microsoft in Education offering and its wider possiblities, and on the day we had a guests from HE, FE and secondary institutions. Despite them all facing a number of very similar academic challenges, this week one particular question was echoing throughout the room:

“No matter how great revision materials are, it’s near impossible to know whether the resources were used and by whom”

This is a big obstacle for many of our educators, if we don’t know what materials are being used and how students are reacting to them, how can we amend practices and materials going forward? Being able to analyse what individuals, year groups and different demographics react to best is critical when assessing best practices. Unfortunately, our typical pen and paper approach offers no analytical evidence of student interaction. It leaves educators with one slightly questionable source: the student themselves!

However, help is at hand, and there is a solution! It’s time for you to discover…

Office Mix


office-mix-logo-squareWhat is Office Mix?

As a free plug-in for PowerPoint (which can be enabled with the click of a button), Office Mix can be used to create interactive presentations, including both audio and live annotations, as well as analyse user activity. With revision materials embedded into their presentations, educators can track and asses uptake with their students, and understand how students are making use of the resources. Our Showcase Classroom attendees have been particularly excited, about the prospect of setting assignments using Office Mix. Many educators have started using the tool to practice exam style quizzes and questions. The analytics of the tool is where the prospects of the plug-in become even more exciting! Office Mix analytics can be tracked by slides, visitors and exercises. And to top that all off, data can then be exported straight to Excel for further analysis!

Analysis by slide

The ‘by slides view’ analyses the data on a per slide basis (visitors, views and average time spent on each slide), and as the author this tool enables you to dive deeper into exactly which students viewed your slides and the average time spent on them. An educator may see that specific slides are being watched several times, this could indicate difficulty in understanding the content, alternatively if little time is being spent on detailed slides, perhaps students are not finding the content engaging enough.

Analysis by visitors

This is a great way to narrow down on specific people. It enables educators to pinpoint those who stand out and is a first step to figuring out why. Analysis by visitor offers a summary of how individuals have reacted with your materials. For example, you may find a correlation between test scores and students who failed to finish revision decks or those who seemed to simply speed through the materials. You can drill down into each visitor’s time spent, attempts taken and even hints revealed on quizzes.

Analysis by exercise

If you have included quizzes/polls, this enables you to break down all visitor names and answers. It will determine who answered and whether answers were correct. It is however worth considering that the level of analytics is dependent on permission and sharing options selected.


Visit the Microsoft Educator Community to find out more and to get started with Office Mix.

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