Canvas Data Welcome Kit!

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This packet includes resources Canvas Admins might need to ensure a successful roll-out and integration of Canvas Data at your institution. Feel free to leverage any or all of the resources in this welcome kit, accordingly.



All Hands On-Data!


We know the role data can have when making important decisions for your school, for your faculty, and for your students. We hope Canvas Data can arm you with the information you need to glean greater insights into your Canvas instance and, in turn, create more effective strategies that enhance Canvas adoption, student engagement, course design and delivery.


As of October 2015, all Canvas Admins will have access to Canvas Data, a service which includes a daily download of raw data (flat file) of your Canvas instance. For information related to Canvas Data, please contact your Customer Success Manager (CSM).


Data Is Where It’s At!


Let’s face it, your Canvas instance has a lot of data points. We mean, a lot. Canvas Data files are optimized for a range of analytical queries. Data analysis can be powerful when you know what questions to ask. Below are resources that can guide you in moving forward with the right queries and appropriate business intelligence (BI) tools.





Analytics leads to better strategic discussions. Data-driven conversations can ultimately lead to actionable outcomes. We’ve included a few links to Canvas Data videos, forums, and documentation for your reference:







  • Canvas Data Community
    We are dedicated to improving Canvas Data. And we have a dedicated space within the Canvas Community for building resources, engaging in discussions, answering questions and fostering new ideas.

  • Big Data Group (Canvas Community)
    This a group for those who enjoy all-things-data and Canvas. From Canvas Data and admin reports to in-course stats and Google analytics, this is the place for Canvas users to share tips and tricks on ways users are leveraging data. Learn what Utah State University did with their data (coming soon!).




  • Canvas Data Guides
    All of the How-Tos of using Canvas Data—from managing Canvas Data Admins to recommended Canvas Data files—are outlined step-by-step in the Canvas Data Guides.
  • Canvas Data API Guide

All the steps and information about retrieving data downloads via the Canvas Data API.

A must-bookmark site! The home of all Canvas Data schemas.



Contact Information


If you require additional information or resources to assist in the roll-out of Canvas Data at your institution, please contact your CSM or add your thoughts and ideas in the Canvas Data Community.

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