in canvas analytics what's the difference between a participation and a submission?
In general, Participation indicates a student engaged in more than a simple page view, and submissions are included as a type of participation.
You can learn more at How do I view analytics for a student in a course? , and at What are Analytics?
I agree, confusing and inconsistent terminology!
Pulled from How do I view analytics for a student in a course? :
The following user actions will generate analytics course participation: loads a collaboration to view/edit the documentjoins a web conferenceposts a new comment to a discussion or an announcementsubmits a quizstarts taking a quizsubmits an assignmentcreates a wiki page
The following user actions will generate analytics course participation:
So while student submissions are considered participation, the other actions listed above are also counted towards participation analytics. Depending on what type of activities you include in your course will determine how relevant the difference between participation and submission is to you.
Hope this helps!
We use several third party vendors in our courses. For example, we have a Canvas integration for MindTap with Cengage and this work is completed by students outside of Canvas. There is nothing submitted in Canvas for this product, but periodically grades sync over from MindTap to the Canvas grade book. Canvas student analytics will show submissions (the dates do not match up with the dates when the work was actually completed on the third party site). It seems Canvas is recognizing a submission when those grades import. Is that possible?
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