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Can we add a survey to a sub account, and then disaggregate by course ID?

Does anyone know if it is possible to create a survey at the sub-account level for a given department, so that:

  1. All students enrolled in courses in that department can take the survey. 
  2. Would it then be possible to disaggregate the survey results by course ID?

thanks everyone!


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Community Member

 @floresr ​ I am not familiar with a report that will do this, I'm intersted to see what responses you get to this question.

It does look like you could create your own report to do exactly what you have described by using a combination of API calls.

You would need to:

  • iterate through each course in the sub-account of interest and find the survey of interest
  • request the submission results for each survey
  • dump results into csv or database
  • format your report from the results

Let me know what solution you come up with, this is a good question.

Community Member

Thanks Garth,

we have too many courses to iterate through each, so that would not be practical for us.

I do appreciate your thoughts and help problem-solving this. Your suggestions made me think that my solution is going to be in API calls somehow.

Thank you!


Community Member

By no means do I mean manually iterate, you would create an algorithm to do it.

Number of courses is irrelevant if you are automating, unless you have a strict time constraint.

Currently I run a report on a tine dual core instance, no real horse power, and iterate through ~1000 courses including all assignments and submissions in < 15 min.

The report iterates through ~1000 courses including all assignments and all submissions in < 15 min.

Multiply by how many 1000's of courses you have.

However, thinking a bit further, have you looked at the data portal?

Take a look at the quiz schemas, I am sure you could derive your reports from this data:

New Member

I believe we use EvaluationKit to do this.

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 @floresr ‌,

We are giving the Canvas Admins area a little bit of love (especially questions that are really, really old) and just want to check in with you.  This will also bring this question new attention. 


Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.



Hi Robbie,

not quite the solution we need, but I understand you need to archive this, so go ahead.

thank you

Community Member

@garth,  we want to survey our students at the course level to get course level data, but it is important that we get other, more aggregate data too, like STEM area or Nursing.  We have the Canvas Data Portal.  I am still a newbie there.  Ideas?  We have purchased Scantron but it is not functioning yet.