How can I use a tool to monitor time spent on a homework assignment? Does Canvas have a way?
There is nothing built into Canvas that would do this other than maybe quizzes because they monitor how long it takes students to finish them.
The only other thing I can think of is google docs because it tracks what people do on the document.
Mrs. Edwards, you can certainly monitor the time a student spent on a quiz, but I'm not sure how any learning management system can measure how much time is spent on an assignment, regardless of how the assignment is configured. I'm having trouble envisioning this. For example, my assignments are of the Online | File Upload type, and are typically available for a three-week window. At any point in that three-week window, my students can view the instructions and work on the assignment offline. The learning management system cannot possibly capture that time. A student could spend an hour, or three hours, or ten minutes, working on that file, but it would only take the student a few seconds to upload it to the assignment submission interface--and that activity is what Canvas could capture, but it's not meaningful to me. Similarly, if an assignment is text entry, it's impossible for Canvas to know whether the student has spent time researching the question outside of the assignment submission window or simply strolled off to watch television.
Perhaps you can provide details of what you're hoping to accomplish, as well as additional information about the use case and the design of the assignment in question.
Thank you! Yes Google Docs is an alternative. Trying to possibly doc time spent on a homework assignment.
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