I think it is time to kick off an Open edX Data Working Group to focus on the future of data and analytics in the Open edX platform.
There’s broad agreement in the community that Insights is too hard to run and doesn’t scale down well.
In multiple pockets of the community, alternatives have emerged from Figures, to Panorama, to solutions based on Google Data Studio, Tableau, or Amazon QuickSite.
I’d like to get together a group of data-minded folks to chart a path for advancing the Open edX instructor analytics capability.
There’s a lot of adjacent work already under way from xAPI and caliper support, to designs for a platform message BUS, to front-end plugins which might place actionable metrics where they are most relevant.
There’s also an opportunity to coordinate our efforts to avoid wasted energy and duplication. If you’re interested, join #wg-data, and I’ll coordinate scheduling a kickoff.