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Canvas Release: New Analytics - Online Attendance

Canvas Release: New Analytics - Online Attendance

Online Attendance is a feature in New Analytics. Please see the full functionality included in Canvas Release: New Analytics.

  • The included feature functionality is not supported in the beta environment until the production release date.

Change Log


Attendance Report

New Analytics includes an Attendance tab, which updates according to criteria set at the account level. This change allows criteria to update attendance information for individual courses and remove manual attendance tracking.

Online Attendance Report

For courses that have enabled New Analytics, Attendance displays as a tab within the page.

Note: Page views and participation may take up to 24 hours to display, depending when a course interaction occurs. History is displayed from April 2021.

Online Attendance TabOnline Attendance Tab


Date Data

Attendance can be customized to view specific data. By default, the report is configured to display by week, but instructors can view the report by day if needed. Data for prior weeks and/or days can be selected by clicking the arrow next to the selected date range.

Timeline MenuTimeline Menu

User Data

By default, the report displays online attendance for all students, but additional sections or students can be added for granular viewing.

Sections MenuSections Menu

Class Dates

By default, Class Dates are set to weekdays, but dates can be customized within the report.

Class Days MenuClass Days Menu


By default, the report filters all criteria, but instructors can filter the report to show students who have met all criteria or have not met all criteria.

Filtering MenuFiltering Menu


Online Attendance Criteria 

Online attendance criteria may be read only, or it may be allowed to be configured at the course level. 

If required by the Canvas administrator, online attendance criteria is displayed as read only within the New Analytics page.

Online Attendance CriteriaOnline Attendance Criteria


However, if online criteria can be changed at the course level, the the Online Attendance criteria will default to the criteria set at the admin level. Instructors can choose which online criteria options to set for their course.

Instructors can also choose to disable online attendance for the course completely.

Online Attendance Configurable MenuOnline Attendance Configurable Menu




Change Log


2021-12-09 Added functionality for instructors to be able to set online attendance criteria, if allowed by an admin
2021-08-18 Terminology changed from Course Attendance to Online Attendance
2021-07-19 Published Feature Overview 


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