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kcool
New Member

View Assignment History


Hi, Everyone!

I was wondering if there is anyway as an admin to view an assignment history (I'm looking for a tool akin to the "view page history"). For example, if a grader made a change to an assignment deadline for a specific student, can we trace it back to the grader? I see that I can view grade change history, but I'm not seeing anything pertaining to assignment details.

Thanks so much!

Best,

Kathleen

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garth
Community Champion

 @kathleencool82 ​ this is a great question.

I think what you are looking for is audit logging.

This is something I have inquired about several times, through support and our CSM, and so far it seems as though this does not exist.  One source explained that the shear volume of transactions makes it impractical to keep logging records at that level.

I am very interested to see if anyone else can share any info they have on this topic.

Thank you for posting this.

kcool
New Member

Hi,  @garth 

Yes! I am looking for an audit logging. Thanks for posting/responding. While I understand that the amount of transactions is most likely enormous, this is a feature that could come in handy. What prompted me to post this was that we have a student with an extended assignment deadline. Right now, we have no idea who gave this student the extension and if it was warranted.

Thanks again!

Best,

Kathleen

garth
Community Champion

 @kathleencool82 ​ I'm on the same page with you : )

There are times when forensic data would significantly help to resolve an issue, audit logging would be a valuable asset.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

We've gotten this information from Canvas Support and it didn't seem to be a problem for them to get it.

garth
Community Champion

That is good to know, perhaps I have been asking the wrong questions.

What kind of audit info were you able to get?  Can you give a few examples?

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Just called or put in a ticket asking who changed the due date (or settings) for X assignment or who deleted a specific thing from the course. <-- these seem to be our biggest problems with team taught courses.

garth
Community Champion

Ah, I have been asking for access to logging, so I can run my own analysis.

I'll try asking for incident specific information next time something comes up and see what response I get.

Based on your inquiries so far, what has been the average turn around time on a request like this?

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

Pretty quick - normally the same day.

garth
Community Champion

Thanks Kona, this is great.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

No problem, it's definitely been a big help with you have 3 (or more) teachers going back and forth about who did what. Smiley Wink

baxl
Community Contributor

I've had similar issues when trying to determine who has modified a quiz.  Canvas support has been able to help me out with these types of issues, although I'd like to be able to find this info myself, so if anyone knows of a way to check to see who has modified a quiz, could you please share?  Thank you!

This is super useful! Thank you so much for your responses!!!

rake_9
Community Champion

Adding a comment to say we'd love to have access to this data ourselves -- who changed which setting, when? For quizzes, assignments, grades, pages, etc.  Also, for adding people to a course.  Asking Support for the data is OK, but we'd rather have access ourselves, on our own timeline.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

I totally agree! I'd rather be able to look stuff up (have access to the data) myself. Have you considered creating a Canvas Feature Idea​ for this?

bdalton_sales
Instructure
Instructure

For people who are API inclined there is a Course Audit Log in the API which may have the data you are looking for. It needs audit logging enabled so check with your CSM if you are not getting any data back from the API calls.

Course Audit log - Canvas LMS REST API Documentation  

There is also a Grad change History API as well that can show the history of changes to users grade, when and by who.

Grade Change Log - Canvas LMS REST API Documentation

hope this is helpful

garth
Community Champion

Deactivated user​ this is great info.

Somehow I have overlooked this part of the API, will definitely investigate.

Thanks for pointing this out.

 @firewuff - Does this provide any information that's not available from the UI Admin Tools How do I view course activity for an account? ? Because that is limited to a handful of events, changes in course state, resetting, copying... and I would love to have deeper details regarding changes to individual assignments, pages, etc.

Reading the API doc it looks to be very similar data.  At a guess it may be the same data source