Canvas Release: New Course and User Analytics

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This document introduces New Course and User Analytics as noted in the Canvas Release Notes (2019-10-19).

 

New Analytics provides a richer analytics experience for course grades, weekly online activity, and individual student view. All analytics also include mobile page views.

 

 

Feature/Integration Setup

Release Schedule

Beta Environment

New Analytics can be used in beta as an LTI tool. If a Canvas admin previously uninstalled the LTI tool from an account, the tool has been re-added to the account. 

 

Production Environment

New Analytics can be enabled in the production environment at any time. New Course and User Analytics replaces the previous course and user analytics functionality, which is deprecated. Admins should prepare their institution to transition to New Analytics before the existing course and user analytics end-of-life date of 2020-03-21 (see Upcoming Canvas Changes).

 

Account Management

Permissions

New Analytics honors the same permissions as existing analytics.

 

For students to view their own analytics, the Analytics - view pages permission must be enabled in the account-level Permissions page.

 

For users to view student analytics in course analytics, Grades - view all grades and Grades - edit must be enabled in the account-level Permissions page.

 

To view student analytics from the course People page, Users - view list must be enabled in the account-level Permissions page.

 

Account Settings

To continue viewing account-level analytics, ensure the Analytics checkbox is still selected in Account Settings, as New Analytics does not yet support the account level. Account-level analytics will be updated in a future release.

 

Account Setup

Feature Option

New Analytics is managed by the New Course and User Analytics feature option in the Account Settings Feature Option tab. This feature option is located at the course level and defaults to Allow, which means New Analytics can be enabled on a course-by-course basis. Instructors can access their Course Settings Feature Options tab and turn New Analytics on for the course.

 

Canvas Admins can also choose to set the feature option to On, which applies to all courses in the account. 

 

New Course and User Analytics feature option defaults to allow

 

Note: When the feature option is on for the entire account, Course Navigation link may take some time to update throughout all courses in the account.

 

Course Setup

Course Settings

When New Analytics is allowed at the course level, New Course and User Analytics can be turned on for the course in the Course Settings Feature Options tab.

 

New Course and User Analytics button at the course level

 

When the feature option is turned enabled, the following functionality applies:

  • All existing Analytics buttons are renamed to New Analytics, which directs to the new functionality
  • The New Analytics Course Navigation link displays in the Course Settings Navigation Menu.

 

Additionally, when New Course and User Analytics is enabled—and after the page is refreshed—the New Analytics Course Navigation link will be visible by default in the Course Settings Navigation Menu. The link can be hidden for New Analytics data to display in the course, but the navigation link provides quick access to analytics data for users with viewing permissions.

 

When new course and user analytics feature option is turned on, the New Analytics link displays in the Course Navigation Menu

 

Note: The Course Navigation link can be hidden in the Course Navigation Menu in Course Settings by an instructor (if needed). The link is not required to be displayed in Course Navigation, but the navigation link provides quick access to analytics data for instructors (and students, if they have permission to view analytics).

 

Course-Level Features

Instructor Roles

When New Analytics is enabled for the account by a Canvas admin, Canvas directs all existing analytics buttons and links to New Analytics content, which includes analytics links in the Student Context Card, People page, and admin-level User Details page. All buttons are renamed from Analytics to New Analytics.

 

Additionally, the Course Home Page button is also renamed from Course Analytics to New Analytics.

 

Instructors can access the Course Navigation Menu for a direct link to access new analytics from anywhere in Canvas.

 

Analytics and New Analytics button comparisons

 

New Analytics Functionality

New Analytics displays both course grade and weekly online activity data, as selected in the analytics menu.

 

 

Course Grade

Course Grade allows instructors to view the average course grade for all course data using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course grade with a specific section or student and quickly access assignment data.

 

Course Grade data also includes a student table, which displays all students within a specific filter below the chart. For each student, the table displays the student's name, number of page views, and number of participations. Clicking the student’s name opens the individual student view, which displays the average course grade, submission information, participation metrics for the student, and communication data between the teacher and student using an interactive chart or table.

 

Weekly Online Activity

Weekly Online Activity allows instructors to view the average number of page views and participations for a course using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course activity with a specific section or student.

 

Weekly Online Activity data also includes a student table, which displays all students within a specific filter below the chart. For each student, the table displays the student's name, number of page views, and number of participations. Clicking the student’s name opens the individual student view, which displays the average course grade, submission information, participation metrics for the student, and communication data between the teacher and student using an interactive chart or table.

 

Student Roles

If students have permission to view their own analytics, they can view their own analytics for course grade and weekly online activity using an interactive chart or table. Additionally, students can see an overview of the number of messages sent between them and their instructor(s) in the Canvas Inbox.

 

When allowed, access to analytics is located in the following locations:

  • Course Home Page button
  • Course Navigation Menu link (unless hidden in Course Navigation)
  • People page student name link

 

For details about individual student view, please see the Student View Analytics Tabs summary previously published 2019-07-01.

 

Community Resources

Future Enhancements

This document outlines existing functionality included in the initial release of this feature. New Analytics will continue to receive additional feature enhancements over future releases as indicated in Canvas Release Notes. Please follow the release notes for future functionality updates, which will be indicated by the analytics tag.

 

Customer Feedback

User feedback is welcome in the New Analytics User Group. Feedback adheres to Canvas Community Feedback Guidelines, which outlines general feedback, broken functionality, and feature enhancements.

 

For New Analytics, feature enhancements should include the analytics tag. Before submitting a new idea, please review all existing New Analytics feature ideas.

 

Known Issues

Several behaviors have been identified in New Analytics. Known behaviors are being triaged by the Canvas engineering team—feature ideas do not need to be submitted regarding their functionality. For details about these behaviors, please see New Analytics: Known Issues.

 

Feature Documentation

New Analytics

All current feature functionality is noted in Canvas Guides New Analytics documentation. Comments are also welcome for functionality clarification. Lessons will also be updated with all future enhancements as indicated in release notes.

 

Existing Analytics

Existing analytics documentation is still available in the following guides:

 

Student Guide

How do I view my course analytics as a student?

 

Instructor Guide

How do I view Course Analytics?

How do I view analytics for a student in a course?

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