Why isn't Canvas tracking students minutes spent on assignments properly?
Hi Tim Mullican...
Here's an example of why there may be an inaccurate time displaying. Let's say that your student started working on an assignment and was viewing the assignment directions and rubric. Or, let's say that you had a non-timed quiz. Your student opened up the assignment and then went to Microsoft Word to start typing a paper...all while the assignment was still open in the background. All that time is still logged. Or, what if the student stepped away from his/her computer for a while? Canvas is still tracking that time, too. So, it may be that the time appears more than it really was. Is that what you are seeing from you end? Something different? If you could please provide some additional details (maybe even a screen shot...without student names), that would be helpful. Thanks.
No, what happened is that I posted a 53 minute video for them to watch. I had students tell me that they watched the whole video, yet Canvas is only showing that they have spent a total of 26 minutes on Canvas for the whole semester. One possible reason is that some of the students went directly to Youtube to watch the video instead of watching the imbedded video in Canvas, but I don't think this is the case for all of them. Most of the students are using the Canvas app on their iPad. Will Canvas record their time spent in Canvas if they are using the Canvas app?
From my understanding, some of this information is captured after the update to the app last year to show more mobile page views, but I don't think this is available to the user at the moment, and I have no clue if or when it will be.
Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment. Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.
Yes, I think I figured out the answer to my own question.
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