How do I view weekly online activity analytics in an interactive chart graph in New Analytics?

New Analytics allows you to track weekly online activity in your course using an interactive chart graph. Data is for viewing only and cannot directly be changed. You can view analytics in both active and concluded courses.

Weekly online activity is comprised of page views and participations. Average page views is the average approximation of student activity across the course and can be used to identify trends in the course. Participation analytics are defined by specific actions a student takes in the course. Page views and participation metrics include an aggregate across all devices, including Canvas mobile apps.

Only active and completed student enrollments are included in data for New Analytics. Deleted or inactive user enrollments will not generate data.

By default, the analytics page displays an interactive chart graph of all data. However, you can switch and view data within a table at any time.


  • If you cannot view the New Analytics link in Course Navigation, you may have to make the link visible via the Navigation tab in Course Settings. If the New Analytics link is not available in the Navigation tab, your institution has disabled this feature.
  • Data is refreshed in New Analytics every 24 hours. Please confirm the time the data was last updated in the course, as content may be outdated compared to recent course activity and student submissions.
  • Weekly Online Activity displays in a Monday-Sunday format.
  • In order for New Analytics to display in Canvas, third-party cookies may need to be enabled in your browser settings.

Open Course

Open Course

In Global Navigation, click the Courses link [1], then click the name of the course [2].

Open New Analytics

To open New Analytics, click the New Analytics link in Course Navigation [1] or click the New Analytics button in the Course Home Page [2].

Note: If you cannot view the New Analytics link, you may have to make the link visible via the Navigation tab in Course Settings.

View Weekly Online Activity

Click the Weekly Online Activity tab.

View Data Status

If the course has been concluded, the analytics page includes a Concluded label.

View Course Data

The analytics page is dynamic based on filtered content. By default, all sections are displayed and cannot be removed [1].

Filtered data is displayed as a chart with two rows: average page views [2] and average participations [3]. The following actions will generate participations:

  • Announcements: posts a new comment to an announcement
  • Assignments: submits an assignment
  • Collaborations: loads a collaboration to view/edit a document
  • Conferences: joins a web conference
  • Discussions: posts a new comment to a discussion
  • Pages: creates a page
  • Quizzes: submits a quiz
  • Quizzes: starts taking a quiz

Data for the week that is currently in progress is indicated by a dotted line [4].

Note: The definition of participation is based on federal guidelines related to student attendance as applicable to online courses. Please note that because communication between students and teachers often happens outside of the LMS, it is not included as a participation metric. However, as part of the Course Analytics offering, a history of inbox messages sent between students and instructors is included so that it can be viewed alongside participation metrics.

Compare Course Data

For analytical comparisons, you can compare graph data by filtering a section or student.

View Resources Table

View Resources Table

You can also view the amount of page views and participations for a specific resource in the course.

In the Resources tab [1], you can view the resource name [2], the number of students who accessed the page [3], the number of views for the page [4], and the number of participations for the page [5].

Message Students Who

To send a message to students who did or did not view or participate with a specified resource, click the Message button.

Export Table CSV

Export Table CSV

To export analytics data as a CSV zip file, click the Download CSV button.

CSV data is exported according to the filtered data.

The downloaded zip file includes CSV files for chart data, student table data, and resources table data.

CSV files may display a student's full name, sortable name, week start, filters, average and total page views, average and total participations, and the resource.