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See which students have viewed a particular page or activity and when

See which students have viewed a particular page or activity and when

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I would like to see who has viewed any particular page or activity and when it was viewed.

 

I can find some of this information by going to every student and looking through their page views, but I want to be able to quickly see who has/hasn't seen a particular page or activity, i.e., if I post an information page, I'd like to be able to access a report about view of that page. That way I can easily remind those who are overlooking something important.

 

Also, the time of most recent access per student is not enough. I often need to know when a student first accessed the information. i.e., after the assignment was due? 15 mins before the assignment was due?

Comments from Instructure

Please refer to Canvas Release: New Course and User Analytics.

Note from the Community Team: We're including the link to https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/4495-view-access-by-file-or-item-not-user here so we can keep these related ideas associated with each other.

67 Comments
Surveyor

I agree that this is very useful.  Seeing only the last time a particular student has viewed a page (by looking up each student's access report individually) doesn't provide enough information when trying to troubleshoot.  I'd like to be able to see a history with names and time stamps of student access. We had this ability in our previous LMS and would love to have it again.

Community Team
Community Team

Cool! Kind of like a "message students who" for pages.

Surveyor

This functionality is frequently requested by faculty at our institution.

Community Member

How about a class overview in analytics that shows how many students have accessed certain pages? I have an instructor who would LOVE this.

Learner II

This is definitely needed. We have instructors who need to know this information when there is a conflict about a grade, or when needing to prove whether or not a student actually did do what they say they did. I hope this does get implemented soon!

Community Member

This is crucial, and a feature we had in our previous course management software. Very helpful in dealing with student complaints about grades.

Learner II

It is really useful information to know as it can help identify areas of heavy traffic but also could identify those students who might be struggling either by the lack of hits on pages or high numbers of hits on pages where specific resources appear.

Can this be extended to include open courses too so we can track hits. By open courses I mean ones like support sites etc, where users don’t have to be enrolled.

Community Member

Yes, I would especially want this for Announcements since I currently have no way to know which students have viewed specific announcement items. The Student Access Report only indicates that they have viewed the Announcements tab, but not which announcement(s) they have viewed.

Community Team
Community Team

This is a great idea and we understand the need you're presenting here. We've scoped the work required to add this feature and learned that we won't be able to fit it into the current six month development cycle. However, we've added this idea to the list of priorities for when we readdress how users interact with analytics in the next development cycle.

I will go ahead and mark this feature idea as archived for now, but we will come back and update the thread when we have completed our prioritization work for the first half of next year.

Community Coach
Community Coach

Thanks for the update! Sorry to hear it's not on the current six month cycle, but very happy to hear it's been added to the list of priorities for how users interact with analytics. Our faculty used this a lot in our previous LMS and would hugely appreciate having this in Canvas. As an Admin I'd also love it if faculty had this feature because then I wouldn't have to search through page view logs to see when a student accessed certain things for a course!