What will Analytics tell me about my student in my course?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

Student Analytics include four main areas:

  1. View activity for the student.
  2. View responsiveness of messaging (communication) from the student to instructor and instructor to student.
  3. View assignment submissions to see if the student is at-risk or not.
  4. View the student's grades.


Note: Currently, analytics does not measure activity on mobile devices.

View Student Information

View Student Information

When viewing analytics for an individual student, you can view the student's name and current total in the course [1]. To send a message directly to the student, click the envelope icon [2]. To view analytics for a different student, click the arrows or use the name drop-down menu [3].

To return to course analytics, click the course name [4].  

View Participation

You can view how the individual has been participating in the course by viewing the date on the x-axis and the amount of activity on the y-axis. To view the details, hover over the bar on the graph. The blue bar indicates the number of page views. The orange bar indicates if the student took action on a page or participated in the course.

The following user actions will generate analytics course participation:

  • loads a collaboration to view/edit the document
  • joins a web conference
  • posts a new comment to a discussion or an announcement
  • submits a quiz
  • starts taking a quiz
  • submits an assignment
  • creates a wiki page

View Communication

The speech bubbles represent the conversations between instructor and student. To view the details, hover over the speech bubbles. This will allow you to view the date the conversation took place and how many messages were sent. The orange speech bubbles [1] indicate the date of students sending messages to instructors. The blue speech bubbles [2] indicate the date of instructors sending messages to students.

View Submissions

The Submissions chart shows whether or not the student has submitted assignments in the course. Each row is one assignment. The diamond indicates the due date and the bar extends to the submission date. Green means that the assignment was submitted on time. Yellow means that the assignment was submitted late. Red means that the assignment was never submitted. Gray diamonds are online graded assignments without due dates but have submissions. Empty diamonds are online graded assignments without due dates and no submissions.

Note: No icons are displayed for assignments that do not include a submission (i.e. not graded, on paper) or for assignments that do not apply to a student because of differentiated assignments.

View Grades

Each bar is one assignment. The thin whisker extends from the minimum score for the individual in the course to the maximum score. The wider bar extends from the 25th percentile to the 75th, with the median marked. The individual’s score is marked with a dot. Assignments submitted on time are represented by a green dot. Assignments submitted late are represented by a yellow dot. Assignments not turned in are represented by a red dot.