Canvas offers instructors some incredibly powerful tools to view course analytics, individual student analytics and quiz statistics.
The wealth of information provides instructors with a comprehensive view of student engagement as well as insight into areas for improvement and redesign.
Course Analytics using New Analytics
Learning how to use Course Analytics in Canvas is essential to those Instructors primarily using Canvas to teach online. The information provided in New Analytics will guide instructors to better understand overall participation and engagement from their students. With New Anayltics, Canvas also offers the ability to recognize positive and negative trends to make improvements and adjustments to course quality; easily identifying those students who are struggling, problematic items or areas in your course that may need adjustment.
New Analytics provides:
- Analytics Graphs – Compare the course average with an individual assignment, course section, or student filter using the chart graph comparison or data table comparison
- Activity by Date – View average weekly online participation analytics as an interactive chart graph or a data table. The course average weekly online participation analytics can also be compared with an individual student or section using the chart graph comparison or data table comparison
- Grade Insight – View average course grade analytics as an interactive chart graph or a data table.
- Send a message to all students based on specific course grade or participation criteria
- View and download reports on missing, late, or excused assignments, class roster, and course activity.
- Student Analytics using New Analytics
In Canvas the analytics shown for each student can give instructors valuable insight about engagement, activity, and performance. Canvas’ ability to view individual student analytics allows instructors to disemminate
- View course grade and participation analytics for an individual student
- Send a message to an individual student based on specific course grade or participation criteria
- Compare the course average weekly online participation analytics with an individual student using the chart graph comparison or data table comparison
Another feature provided to instrucors using quizzing in Canvas are quiz statistics. The feature is available to instructors when a quiz has been published and at least one submission has been recieved for the quiz. The quiz summary will show all score percentages as well as the quiz average score, high score, low score, standard deviation (how far the values are spread across the entire score range), and average time of quiz completion. Instructors can view and download a CSV file to view a Student Analysis or Item Analysis for each question in the quiz.
Available info from Quiz Statistics:
- Student/Item Analysis – Instructors caDownload CSV files to view Student Analysis or Item Analysis for each quiz question to count all student attempts in the statistics.
- Quiz Item Analysis – Item analysis may not generate results within specific quizzes. For more detailed information about item analysis limitations and calculations please refer to the Quiz Item Analysis PDF for detailed information about Reliability, Difficulty, and Item Discrimination Index.
- Question Summary – Instructors can view an entire quiz summary that shows all score percentages. The quiz summary also shows the quiz average score, high score, low score, standard deviation (how far the values are spread across the entire score range), and average time of quiz completion.
- Question Summary Chart – The quiz summary chart is interactive; users can focus on a specific segment of the chart by selecting a range with their cursor, such as viewing the number of students who scored between 0 and 50 percent. Scroll down the page to see data for each question in the quiz.
- Question Breakdown – Quiz question shows the total percentage of students who answered the quiz question correctly. Each question includes a breakdown with each question answer choice.
For more detailed information review the Canvas guide for “Once I publish a quiz, what kinds of quiz statistics are available?”
To access Quiz Statistics, Click the “Quizzes” link in your Course Navigation menu, then click the title of the quiz you would like to open. On the right sidebar click “Quiz Statistics”.
Listen to how Dr. Viji Sathy and Dr. Kelly Hogan, instructors at UNC – Chapel Hill are using the insight provided by their LMS to redesign courses for inclusion, encouraging student success while reducing achievement gaps. We hope this inspires you to explore the possibilities with our LMS by using New Analytics in Canvas when redesigning your course while applying Universal Design for Learning and inclusion best practices for all student success.
How does this align to Canvas training materials?
- New Analytics – Canvas Guides
- What is New Analytics?
- Once I publish a quiz, what kinds of quiz statistics are available?
- Canvas Quiz Item Analysis
- Visit canvas.wcu.edu
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Help if you need help with issues as you are working in Canvas. (NOTE: 24/7 Canvas Help goes away on June 30 and Help will be taken over by the WCU Helpdesk which is not manned 24/7).
- Canvas Migration FAQ
- Register for the last Tip training Zoom session which will be held on Friday at 11:00 A.M. after reviewing the Priming the Canvas Course. This week there is only one session offered, we will cover Analytics and Quiz Statisics in Canvas.
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