Canvas - Getting Started with New Analytics
This document describes the Canvas New Analytics feature and provides links to additional resources about learning analytics.
"New Analytics" is the new name for "Analytics Beta". On March 21st, 2020, New Analytics will replace the current Canvas analytics feature at the course and user levels.
What is New Analytics?
Canvas New Analytics is a learning analytics tool that allows you to filter and compare sections and individuals to class averages, for all grade-based Canvas activities such as Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions. New Analytics allows you to manipulate graphs and charts to visually compare students and sections to class averages for all graded material in the course. It also contains information about missing and late assignments as well as the ability to email all students within specific defined parameters such as missing an assignment.
How should I use New Analytics?
Like all Learning Analytics tools, New Analytics can give instructors insight into their course and allow them to ask and answer certain questions. For example, comparing different sections to the course average on an assignment can reveal differences at the section level. Noting one section is doing significantly better or worse than other sections on a specific type of assignment could prompt an instructor to try and understand why. Comparing individual students to course or section averages also allows instructors to quickly see if a student might be struggling with certain concepts or assignments, prompting the instructor to seek more feedback or even follow up with the student.
It is important to note that while New Analytics can reveal certain patterns and comparisons, it does not and cannot provide an explanation for those patterns and comparisons. Instructors should never use a single data point from a Learning Analytics tool to take any major action in regards to a student or course. Learning Analytics tools, like New Analytics, are simply meant to help provide instructors with additional information and the ability to parse that information to a certain extent. Data from Learning Analytics tools can be one factor that helps guide instructor decisions and actions but should never solely dictate them.
Where can I get more information about New Analytics?
Canvas has extensive documentation on New Analytics.
Where can I get more information about Learning Analytics?
Check out DoIT Academic Technology's guide, "What are the pedagogical uses of learning analytics?"
How do I activate New Analytics in my course?
Enter your course, and select the Settings option.
Select the "Feature Options" tab.
Find the option labeled "New Course and Student Analytics", and toggle the button to the "on" (green) position.
How do I add New Analytics to the navigation bar in my course?
To add New Analytics, go to your course and click on Settings in the navigation bar.
Then go to the Navigation tab under Settings
Find New Analytics by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Click on the three dots next to "New Analytics" and then click "Enable." Finally, make sure you click "Save" at the bottom of the screen.
New Analytics will now appear in your navigation bar. (Note: Though it is in your navigation bar, New Analytics will not be visible to students.)