Community Contributor

Participation API - anyone else seeing errors?

We have mandatory new student orientation and have relied on Canvas and its awesome participation API: https://[your school][course ID]/analytics/users/[user ID]/activity

However, we discovered inconsistencies with how it was reporting participation in courses back in December. I've opened a ticket, so Instructure is aware, but I'm wondering if we're one of the few schools that use this.

Do any of you out there rely on the participation API and have you seen issues with it? Did you switch to a different API endpoint?


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Community Member

We had a similar question come up yesterday.  It may be that students are participating using mobile devices.  "Currently, analytics does not measure activity on mobile devices."

Community Contributor

Thank you for reminding me. I'll have to check if this also affects when quizzes are submitted if they're done through the mobile app.

Right now, we check for when they start the course and when they submit their final quiz. We record this with the Participation API to cut down on how many APIs we use. We might need to rethink this rather than wait for the API to get fixed.

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Coach Emeritus

 @mmitchell ,

We are giving the Canvas Admins area a little bit of love 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.



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Thanks for bringing new eyes to this Robbie!

Our ticket for this issue is still On Hold so I don't think it's been resolved but we switched to a different API - the quiz submission API - to get this data because it was more consistent.

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