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Possible bug with Group Discussions and Student/Course Analytics

Question asked by Cassidy Vela on Jul 12, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 23, 2019 by Cassidy Vela

Here's a weird one for you all. We recently created a little app that leverages the Canvas API to pull the participations information for each enrollment. Participations is seen through the student analytics page and includes things like submitting an assignment, participating in discussions, etc... This is being used to measure student engagement. It is working great for every course but one.

 

This course has split its students into three groups. Each module has several discussions per group formatted as questions ("Question 1: group 1", "Question 2: group 1", "Question 1: group 2", etc...). When I enter these discussions as an Admin, I am encountered with this message, "Since this is a group discussion, each group has its own conversation for this topic. Here are the ones you have access to:" then the group name. When I click on the group name, I enter the group view and am then able to see the discussion responses.

 

Now here's where things get weird, participating in discussions counts as a participation, but when I see the student analytics view, there are no participations (this is the same from the API). Every student in the course has the same problem. However, when I go to the student access report, the "Times Participated" column has plenty of participations listed in the aforementioned discussions.

 

To throw in one more oddity, course analytics only has 10/19 students showing on the bottom of the page (these are also missing participations), but participations do show up in the "Activity by Date" graph.

 

These definitely have something to do with using the Group Discussion feature. Somehow, setting the discussion as a group discussion prevents the participations data from populating into the student and course analytics pages.

 

Any ideas or similar experiences?

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