Canvas - Student Course Access and Anonymous Course Access Reports

Instructors can now get aggregated course-wide student access reports from Canvas. This document outlines how to export these from your course.

WARNING: Student content and grades are regulated by FERPA. Please store data in accordance with University FERPA policies.

Two aggregate access reports are available to UW-Madison instructors via a third-party Canvas plug-in. The Student Course Access report provides an aggregated report with student names. Please be careful with this report as it includes sensitive FERPA information and should not be shared. The Anonymous Course Access report provides the same information with student names removed.

The Learn@UW-Madison team can only provide limited support for these reports. The reporting tools were developed by a third-party, so we have limited recourse for addressing bugs.

  1. Login to Canvas, go to your course, and click on the People tool. In order to access the new reports, you must be a teacher in the Canvas course.
  2. Click on the "three dot" menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen, and select either Student Course Access or Anonymous Course Access depending on which report you'd like:

  3. Canvas will prompt you to download a CSV file. Save it to your computer, and open it with your favorite CSV viewer-- for example, Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. It is comma delimited. This is a sample of some of the data in the Student Course Access report. It is harder to tell the difference in the example reports because this shows "AT Student 1" rather than an actual student's name under Display Name and Sortable Name. Actual reports will include the student names in your course:

    This is a sample of some of the data in the Anonymous Course Access report:

To access Canvas's built-in access reports, see How do I view the course access report for an individual student?.