Rob Gibson

How many of your courses use Canvas?

Discussion created by Rob Gibson on Nov 3, 2016
Latest reply on Nov 3, 2016 by Kona Jones

This has always been an elusive metric to capture, so I asked our team to determine the number of courses we offer during any term. We discriminated against the credit hours as a variable – eliminating 1 credit hour courses which tend to be special sections, seminars, etc. A Banner report yielded:

 

201650

2

414

201650

3

1051

201650

4

56

201650

5

44

201650

6

26

201650

7

1

201650

9

2

201650

12

11

1605

 

We have 1,033 “Active” Canvas courses this term (a record). A simple percentage yields 64% of all courses with 2 credit hours or more (n=1605) using Canvas. The number jumps to 86% for 3 credits and above. (I would estimate that most campuses are between 70-80% on average.)

 

Now, there’s still a lot a play in that number because of the variety of courses. Captured in that metric are things like bowling, volleyball, golf, etc. Not likely to open or use Canvas. There’s really no way to factor out those courses very easily because some we think would never use Canvas in fact do (eg Yoga). Others “use” it only for the Photo Roster.

 

An imperfect science for sure, but at least it provides one metric. Has anyone done something similar at your campus that you can share for comparison?

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