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"Last Activity" time, what is logged?

Question asked by Carson Au on Jun 9, 2017
Latest reply on May 22, 2018 by David Baek

I have received similar questions like this from Faculty members a few times now, I tried a few searches but couldn't really find anything related to this.  I did see that mobile access doesn't update the last activity time, can someone here help answer this please?

I have a question about the "Last Activity" time listed in the "People" list in Canvas. How is this recorded? The reason I'm asking is that I have occasionally seen a student with a "Last Activity" time that is during one of the exams and I'm wondering if they have to do something active for this to register the time or if it's possible that their account is just still logged in somewhere, but no-one is actually accessing the Canvas course, and that just being logged in is enough to trigger as "activity".