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What is "participation"?

Question asked by Danielle Hagood on Oct 23, 2017
Latest reply on Nov 14, 2017 by Danielle Hagood

Pulling course-level participation data, using the GET /api/v1/courses/:course_id/analytics/activity API call, returns both "participations" and "views" hash keys.



However, I'm not clear on what each of these objects counts. The API description says:

Returns page view hits and participation numbers grouped by day through the entire history of the course. Page views is returned as a hash, where the hash keys are dates in the format “YYYY-MM-DD”. The page_views result set includes page views broken out by access category. Participations is returned as an array of dates in the format “YYYY-MM-DD”.


This makes me think that the "views" hash key returns how many time a page was viewed on a given day. But, this must be different than participation. What is the participations hash key counting?