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What counts as participation in analytics?

Question asked by David Hurst on Jan 21, 2018
Latest reply on Apr 13, 2018 by Kristin Lundstrum

In How Do I View Course Analytics, among the "user actions [that] will generate analytics course participation" are posting comments to Discussions and submitting Quizzes. Currently my Spring '18 course has had two assignments: a quiz and a discussion (the discussion asks for a minimum of three posts). When I look at the snapshot of "participation", though, it doesn't match actual activity. In the screenshot below, students #1 and #3 have "participated" three times, though all they have submitted is one quiz. Students #2, #4, and #5 have all submitted a quiz and three posts to a discussion. My question is, what is Canvas counting as "participation" and why isn't it reading all student activity the same way?

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