Canvas Course Analytics and Quiz Statistics

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:

  • 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

For more detailed information review the Canvas guides for New Analytics and “How to view Course Analytics?”
Where to access New Analytics
New Analytics main screen


    Quiz Statistics

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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”. 

    Quiz Statistics Sample

    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?

    Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: 7.0 Module Overview: Universal Design for Learning


    Additional Resources:

    Visit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles. 

    First Day Ready in Canvas

    Instructors at WCU will be teaching in Canvas beginning in summer 2021 and beyond. 

    WCU faculty will be teaching in Canvas beginning in summer 2021 and beyond. One of the major differences between Blackboard and Canvas, as far as courses go, is a feature in Canvas called Publishing.

    publish course button in Canvas

    Faculty will need to publish their course in order for students to access the content, and it’s a simple as clicking a button in their course. This is equivalent to making the course Available in Blackboard. When you look at your Canvas Dashboard, if the course tile has a button in the upper left corner that says Publish, then is not available to your students. Click on that button and you’ll be prompted to set a Home Page – the place your students will see first when they enter the course (equivalent to Blackboard Entry Point). Click on Choose and Publish and your students will be able to see your course. How do I publish a course?

    unpublish and publish button in Canvas

    Each item within your course will need to be Published as well. If there is circle with slash through it in the upper right corner of an item, it isn’t visible to your students. A green circle with a check means the item is available (visible to students). You can click on the button to toggle between Published and Unpublished (useful if you find discover you need to make an edit). How do I publish a module?

    Canvas course navigation menu

    The course menu (all items, top to bottom, in the left navigation menu) should only show a few links/options. This improves student navigation and what is often called ”findability.” Course resources can be Disabled (the Blackboard equivalent of made unavailable to students) in the Navigation tab under Settings. You can drag them to the bottom window on the Navigation tab or click on the three-dot menu and select Disable. Disabled items will be designated by the eye with a slash through it.

    It is a best practice to be as consistent as possible in the layout of your modules. That way, as your students move through your course they know where to expect to find resources, assignments, and other activities. In fact, according to one study about online students, “findability is paramount – if they cannot find important course components, they cannot ‘use’ them; having to search for assignment instructions or a course introduction may likely result in frustration, lowered motivation, and decreased self-efficacy — all of which could impact both student learning and course attrition” (Simunich, Robins, & Kelly 2015). Take a look at the SUNY OSCQR rubric where it addresses usability in Standard 13.



    Canvas Accessibility Standards

    When you are in a Canvas course you will see the spectacles button in the upper right corner. Clicking on it will take you to a student’s view of your course. It is highly recommended that you check your course in the student view to make sure that the course is being presented in the way you intended. How do I view a course as a student?

    Review the article “The Impact of Findability on Student Motivation, Self-Efficacy, and Perceptions of Online Course Quality” for more information about course readiness on day one.

    First Day Ready-Canvas Training Services Portal-Learning PathwayThe Training Services Portal Learning Pathway: “Higher Education: First Day Ready”

    This course will walk you through the process of creating a Canvas LMS course so that you can be first day ready. This course will cover how to create a Home Page, utilize Modules, and access Student View to ensure your course is “first day ready” (To access, Login to Canvas: Select “Help” from the Global menu in Canvas click “Training Services Portal”)

    How does this align to Canvas training materials?

    Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: Module 5: Content: How can I make, find, and use online resources?, Module 6: Structuring the Course: How do I put it all together and explain it to my students?, Module 7: Universal Design for Learning and Module 8: Accessibility: How can I help my students who use assistive technology?


    Additional Resources:

    • Visit 
    • 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 one of the Zoom sessions which will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 A.M. after reviewing the Priming the Canvas Course. This week’s sessions will cover Discussions in Canvas as well as How to release content conditionally in Canvas.

    Our next article will highlight Course Analytics and Statistics in Canvasvisit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles. 

    Canvas Implementation Core Integrations

    Canvas has a great many features “out of the box.” But no system is perfect for every situation.  Canvas has an extensible platform that allows for “plug-ins,” “LTIs” or “integrations” that work in a way that is integrated with the system.  Although salespeople at conferences might tell you differently, integrations take time to implement, and like all other software that handles student data, must go through the same review processes for security, state and federal law compliance, and technical issues. 

    In order to maintain a level of parity or better going into the launch of Canvas in May, the project implementation team has worked to enable the following integrations in Canvas.  These are working fully in the pilot environment and will be available as you build your courses. 

    Some integrations are considered core functions of the university and thus are fully supported by ITHelp and the LMS TeamThese Include:

    Microsoft Office 365 

    OneDrive objects can be inserted fully into courses as a part of course building, grading, or from students submitting assignments. The Canvas inbox communicates with Outlook.  And the Canvas calendar can, with appropriate settings, update the Outlook calendar. 

    Microsoft Teams Meetings

    Microsoft Teams meetings can be arranged for classes or groups and will appear on the Canvas calendar. It can be accessed under the additional items plug-in tool in the rich content editor.


    Panopto is the university’s chosen video streaming and storage platform.  Faculty and Staff can store and stream unlimited amounts of content in support of educational objectivesPanopto is fully integrated into the Canvas rich content editor (authoring tool). 


    Instructors can import course rosters into PollEverywhere from Canvas. 


    Zoom is the preferred choice for video conferencing at Western Carolina. It is as fully integrated as is possible into Canvas. (May require an additional authentication or sign- in). It is managed from the left navigation bar and will require enabling in your course if you want to manage your meetings in the LMS.

    Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor


    A custom browser that limits student machine use during an exam and a related recording tool for monitoring compliance with academic integrity standards. Training is provided by the vendor. WCU can troubleshoot some issues, but most data is only available to the instructor or to the vendor in the case of a dispute.


    A custom integration used and supported by the College of Education and Allied Professions for assessment and tracking.

    The following integration is so ubiquitous that we couldn’t leave it out.  We’ll do our best to keep the integration working, but the details are up to Google. 


    To add a YouTube video into a course you can drop in a link or, using the “plug” button in the rich content editor, can drop a YouTube window into your content in the same way you could with the “Mashup” in Blackboard.

    You Say You Want Integration?

    We’ve compiled answers to some of your questions about integrations (LTI’s in the jargon) here: What is an Integration in Canvas (and How Do I Request One?) 

    How does this align to Canvas training materials?

    Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: Module 6 “Structuring the Course”


    Additional Resources:

    Our next article will highlight Being First Day Ready with Canvasvisit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles. 

    Rubrics in Canvas

    Rubrics can be used to grade assignments, discussions and quizzes in a course. 

    Rubrics can be used to as an efficient way to evaluate assignments, quizzes and discussions with more effective and valuable individual feedback and expectation for students. 


    Why You Should Consider Rubrics

    Rubrics help instructors:

    • Provide students with feedback that is straightforward, focused and central to learning improvement.
    • Reduce time spent on grading; Increase time spent on teaching.
    • Promote student comprehension of assignment instructions and expectations so they can easily discern what to focus on rather than guessing “what the teacher wants to see.”
    • Streamline evaluation of rubric results to make informed adjustments to course content and material based on identified thematic gaps in student learning across a class.
    • Refine consistency in evaluation of student learning throughout an entire class as well as individual students.

    Rubrics help students:

    • Sharpen their efforts on completing assignments and assessments that align with clearly defined expectations.
    • Self and Peer-reflection on their own learning to make informed adjustments and improvements to accomplish learning level and mastery.

     (Adapted from UC Berkely Center for Teaching & Learning – Evaluate Course-Level Learning – Rubrics)

    It is important to note that rubrics used in Blackboard may look different in Canvas depending on the criteria and settings. Review the information provided in the knowledge base article “Do my rubrics in Blackboard migrate to Canvas?” 

    How does this align to Canvas training materials?

    Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: Module 2: “Designing a Canvas Course” & Module 12 “Teaching in the Virtual Classroom”


    Additional Resources:

    Our next article will highlight Canvas Implementation Core Integrations visit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles. 

    Canvas and Mobile Apps

    One of the reasons that WCU chose Canvas was for the shift in student engagement and consumption of media using mobile devices.  The best way to design your courses is, of course, using your computer, but your students will appreciate efforts to make the course more engaging, immediate, and easy to access. 

    Canvas has two apps for smart devices, the Canvas Student App, and the Canvas Teacher App. As an instructor, you will use the teacher app most of the time.  It will allow you to do many of the things that you can do in the full web-browser but will be more accessiblePilot faculty report that using the Speed-grader function on their tablets is especially convenient. With the Teacher app you can keep track of the progress of your course and interact with students. 

    Most instructors will also want to download the Canvas Student App if only for the fact that when the Teacher app is accessing a common element with both Apps, it will open the student app to give the most accurate representation of the student’s view. 

    At WCU, the Panopto video storage and streaming platform is also integrated into Canvas and for full video functionality both you and your students should download the Panopto app. In the same manner downloading, installing, and logging into your Microsoft Outlook App, the Microsoft Teams App, and the Microsoft OneDrive App will add even more functionality to both of your Canvas Apps. 

    Canvas Teacher App

    Canvas Teacher App

    Canvas ToDo List

    Canvas ToDo List

    Settings in the Canvas App


    Canvas Speedgrader on IPad or Tablet

    Canvas SpeedGrader on IPad or Tablet 


    App Capabilities and Limitations 

    With the Canvas Teacher App, You Can:

      • View Your Course Materials 
      • Email Students 
      • Email Photos and Audio Clips to Your Students from Your Phone
      • Do basic grading of Assignments, Quizzes, Tests and Discussions 
      • Add simple text pages to existing Canvas modules 
      • Create spontaneous non-graded group discussions 

    Your students can use the App to:

      • Send and reply to course messages 
      • Record and submit short audio and video clips to discussions and assignments 
      • Attach files to discussions and assignments from devices and from OneDrive (if installed) 
      • Take quizzes (low stakes – will not work with Respondus Lockdown or Monitor)

    Meeting students where they live often encourages deeper engagement with subject matter.

    In Canvas you can encourage the use of mobile apps to help the students:

    • Remain engaged with your course and activities 
    • Get reminders of due dates and upcoming meetings 
    • Access course material in a variety of environments 
    • Remain more organized and use their time and resources wisely 

    While the basic Canvas layout and the full use of Canvas tools like the calendar, the syllabus tool, and modules will help make your Canvas course more mobile friendly, there are ways to improve it more.  A travel or experiential learning class, for example, might want to adjust all the online material in such a way that it could all be accomplished on cell phones. 

    Canvas has a special guide for optimizing courses for mobile work. 

    We also urge faculty to use caution when using the app to build courses.  It is best to start on a full computer browser.  The app does not allow you to create quizzes or exams, to add graded discussions, to create a module or group, or to create or modify a rubric


    Download and Install the Canvas Teacher App on Your Phone and/or Tablet iPhone/iPad, Android
    Download and Install the Canvas Student App on Your Phone and/or Tablet iPhone/iPad, Android
    Download and Install the Newest Panopto App on Your Phone and/or Tablet iPhone/iPad, Android
    Download and Install the Newest MS Outlook App on Your Phone and/or TabletiPhone/iPad, Android
    Download and Install the Newest Microsoft Teams App on Your Phone and/or TabletiPhone/iPad, Android

    Encourage your students to download the Student App, the Panopto App, the Zoom and/or MS Teams App, and the OneDrive app for full functionality. 


    There are Additional Training Courses About Mobile Apps available in the Canvas Training Services Portal which is available under the help tab in the WCU Canvas environment. 

    Training Courses About Mobile Apps-Training Services Portal

    Banerjee, Robert. The Effect of Mobile Apps on Academic Success. (2019, March 7). EdTech Digest

    How does this align to Canvas training materials?

    Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: Module 6 “Structuring the Course”


    Additional Resources:

    Our next article will highlight Rubrics in Canvasvisit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles. 

    Canvas’ Gradebook and SpeedGrader

    What’s Different about the Canvas Gradebook? 

    The Gradebook in Canvas and the Grade Center in Blackboard are similar in many respects. The Grades link is how you and your students access the course gradebook – just like the Grade Center in Blackboard.  The gradebook is where you will view and grade student submissions and assign weights to assignment groups for Total grade calculation.  Unlike Blackboard, you can’t weight a column without putting it an assignment group. Also, you can’t manually create a column in the gradebook like you could in Blackboard, so you must create an assignment for a column to be created in the gradebook, even if that is activity is not submitted through Canvas.   

    Enhancements to Gradebook include the options to automatically assign a zero score to missing assignments or deduct points for late submissions.   

    Activities can be graded by simply entering a grade, using a rubric, or using SpeedGrader in Canvas, which is similar to Blackboard’s in-line grading function.   

    With SpeedGrader you can: 

    1. View student submissions (text entries, website URLs, media recordings, and/or file uploads); preview supported file types in Canvas DocViewer;  
    2. Make annotations on supported files 
    3. Assign a grade based on your preferred assessment method (points or percentage) 
    4. View Rubric to assist with grading (if one is added to the assignment) 
    5. View comments created by you or the student about the assignment 
    6. Create text, video, and/or audio commentary for the student 

    How does this align to Canvas training materials?

    Canvas logoPriming the Canvas: Module 1: Getting Started “Assignment, Grading and Quizzes”


    Additional Resources:

    Our next article will highlight Mobile Apps – Student & Instructorvisit Canvas Blog to see all our Canvas articles.