2013 In Review

Merry Christmas from the OpenUOW Team!

 It’s been a busy year! For the first time we’ve been able to collate detailed statistics across all our blogging sites and the data has been better than we anticipated.

Across all our sites we had a view count of 53 021, with 40 494 being unique visitors to the sites.  Beyond that there was a total of 101 799 page views with
79 208 of those being unique visitors.

A big congratulations goes to the team at the Student Life Blog who took out the number one place for page views with 16 627 unique views. We had a wide variety of blogs within our top viewed; it’s great to see that both the social and academic side garnering support.

We were also able to see just how our visitors were reaching our blogging sites. Of the 53 021 visitors, just under half (24 158) came directly to the site using the url. Another 15 025 visitors were referred to our sites through Google.

On the social media front, 80% of our traffic from social media came through Facebook. It’s great to see that the bloggers are pushing the blogs out through social media channels, and that these are getting a good response from readers.

On our OpenUOW YouTube Channel, since its launch in June we have had 4028 views on our videos and gained 52 subscribers.  Our top ten videos so far are:

 This year also saw the implementation of UOWs first ever MOOC. In partnership with Open2Study Dr Kylie Mansfield and Associate Professor Lyndal Parker-Newlyn from the Graduate School of Medicine launched ‘Understanding Common Diseases’ with 1502 students completing the course. A huge success for UOWs first ever MOOC!

It’s been a fantastic year for our Open Education initiatives and 2014 is shaping up to be even bigger. From all of us at OpenUOW, have a safe and happy holidays!

August Blog Stats

Hey Bloggers,

Here are our stats from August:

Our blogs had a total number of 5798 views with 4945 unique visitors.

This translated to a massive 8881 page views.



Once again the folks over at Student Life have taken out our top spot of most viewed blog over the passed month. They also took it one step further and had four posts in our top ten most viewed pages. Congratulations guys!

Lorraine Denny has kicked off the E-Optimism course, run through PODS, and this also made it up into our top ten.

The Moodle Learners and Builders blog was also up in our top ten, and it’s great to see that people are checking out information on Moodle while we move through the transition on the learning platform.

The breakdown of our traffic sources shows the largest portion of our audience is coming directly to the sites: ie they know the URL
From our referred sites a massive 40% of our audience coming across from Facebook. Keep up the cross promotion on social media, it is definitely working! The remainder of our referrals came through the UOW website and search engine queries.

Excellent work across all fronts.

Keep it up.

Happy Blogging!

Google Analytics Update

Just a quick update on our Google Analytics stats.
Between March 22 – April 21 our blogging sites had 5679 views, with 4046 unique visitors. This broke down into 16 753 page views, with each visit averaging 3.5 minutes. Well done bloggers, you are writing good stuff, and our readers are doing more than just skimming your content!

The MGMT901 Blog, a private teaching resource blog) accounted for 8785 page views, not surprising that it topped the list as the students were logging on to submit their essays and use the web-form for peer review. Our analytics data also indicates that the students are successfully navigating hundreds of blog entries using the categories that have been set up.

Excluding the MGMT site, the most popular sites were:

The breakdown in the traffic sources shows that:

  • Half of all visitors are coming to the sites directly, i.e. they know the URL
  • One third were referred from a non-search engine site – Facebook was the most common referral in this category – so we are bringing ‘friends of friends’ to our blogs who may not have ben aware of us otherwise. Next to this, the most common referral was from the various parts of the UOW website
  • The remaining group found us while looking for particular information via search engines, i.e. they googled us

Excellent work! It’s great to see our blogs getting so many hits.

Happy blogging!

Analytics Blogging Stats

Welcome back!

After reviewing our analytics for the last few weeks of summer we’ve had a nice split between student and staff blogs. Over the past month our blogs have had over 6500 views!
Our most viewed blog was the Student Life Blog and student life blogger, Angelique took the crown for the most viewed post where she investigates ‘Australianisms’ that are lost on foreigners (coarse language)
With the launch of Moodle this semester we’ve also had a number of people checking out the Moodle LAB Blog which is assisting staff with the transition from elearning to Moodle.

Our top ten sites for the month are:

Enjoy the first day back!

Happy blogging!


Who is using the Blogging service?

Between October 2011 and end of February 2012, there have been:
• 36 requests for teaching or teaching support blogs,
• 14 blogs requested for research groups or projects, and
• 9 blogs requested in support of broad campus wide or community initiatives such as the “The Pitch” Careers service blog (blogs.uow.edu.au/thepitch).

The Pitch blog from Careers is an interesting example. To promote their campaign and encourage use of the blog they have hired an actor who dresses up in the style of Mad Men (the TV show…) and takes photos of students across campus. Photos are now uploaded to the homepage of the blog, check it out!

In2Uni progress: blogging for community outreach

In2Uni is an innovative community engagement project that seeks to raise the profile of tertiary education within selected local high schools in the Illawarra South East Region. It partners later year Journalism students from Faculty of Creative Arts with student cohorts from Years 7 – 12. Our students mentor the high school students and do a special project with them as part of this. There were visits to each of the schools back in March, and since then each cohort are beavering away on their projects – which vary depending on the age of the students. The blogs are private to each group, so we can’t show you inside, but here’s a snapshot of their usage. Thanks to Tara Loty (Co-ordinator) for agreeing to share these statistics on the number of new posts and comments per blog over the last few months.