Subjects analytics


What you will learn

  1. Introduction to subjects analytics
  2. What you can do with subjects analytics
  3. Overview of subjects analytics
  4. Common questions
  5. Next steps

1. Introduction to subjects analytics

Subjects are based on the content in a given courses. Subjects analytics gives you a high-level view of trends within your team and organization. Spotting these trends can help you drive progress within a given skillset. With this information, you can see if the learning happening within your team is aligning with your business or development objectives. 

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2. What you can do with subjects analytics

To see your teams' trending subjects, the analytics report gives insight into how your team is interacting with courses. These analytics will also help you:

  • Gain visibility into course usage
  • Spot trends within your team based on subject
  • Dive into specific courses that your team views

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3. Overview of subjects analytics

To get started, log in to your Pluralsight account and click on Analytics using the left pane navigation. Next, click on Subjects from the top center panel. 

Alternatively, you can also navigate from the dashboard widget. Click on Dashboard on the left pane navigation and find the Popular subjects view. 

Important: Subjects analytics reports are delayed up to 24 hours because the platform compiles the data and populates reports overnight (between 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Mountain Time).


The subjects analytics dashboard shows the trending topics within your team. In the example above, you'll see this team's trending subject is "JavaScript" based on the amount of unique courses taken combined with the unique users total. The view time is the total amount of time of viewing within a particular subject. This total along with the avg view time/user can give you an idea of the amount of usage and time spent with a subject. All of these columns are sortable to show the lowest or highest totals.

Tip: You can filter and segment a specific data set at any time. Use the filter bar to search for a particular subject or get a specific limit on the data showing by using the timeframe drop down above.

Now that you have some of the high-level views of subject data, click into a particular subject.


You have a choice between how you want to see the data. You can choose the user view or courses view. By default, the user view populates when clicking into a subject.

User View

The user view will show you the specific learners on your team that have taken courses within a particular subject. You can view the team they are on, the number of courses they've taken, and the total view time of courses. 

By clicking the drop down arrow on the right, you can glance at the courses taken related to a subject. This will also show you when your learners took the courses and the view time for each as shown below.


Courses view

Switching over to the courses view, you'll see a collection of trending courses within a given subject.

Similar to the users view, the courses view will give you trends relating to a course. In the example above, Angular: Getting Started was the most taken course. This may be beneficial to know so you can stay in the loop with their progress going forward. 

Using the right drop down will show you a list of learners that took the courses. 

Tip: If you use our channels tool in combination with subjects analytics, you can create specific channels for a particular subject. This will help target learning within your team and you can track how they're progressing.

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4. Common questions

Question: Does subjects analytics show all the learners on my team?

Good question! The data only shows users that are currently active on your group plan.

Question: Can a course show up in more than one subject?

Yes. Since courses can sometimes contain multiple tags, they will be listed in multiple subjects. 

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5. Next steps

Now that you've learned about subjects analytics, check out one of our other Getting Started articles to get the most out of analytics for your team.

Get started with basic analytics

Get started with advanced analytics (Enterprise only)

Users analytics

Courses analytics

Usage analytics

Subjects analytics

Basic skills analytics

Basic channels analytics

Advanced skills analytics

Advanced channels analytics

Mentoring analytics


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