LEAD is a course-level learning analytics dashboard that displays Canvas, Kaltura Mediaspace and Unizin Engage eText data to course instructors using Tableau, our institutional data visualization tool.
LEAD is part of UW-Madison's broader efforts around learning analytics. More information about learning analytics at UW-Madison is available from the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and DoIT Academic Technology.
This document describes a learning analytics approach
to help support student success.
- Remember that students are unique individuals and are much more than their data - be sure to consider the student holistically.
- UW-Madison Learning Analytics Guiding Principles state that learning analytics should be used to benefit students; instructors should be transparent about using learning analytics; instructors should respect students’ privacy and confidentiality, and should minimize potential adverse impacts.
For additional information on learning analytics at UW-Madison, please visit the learning analytics guide, What are the pedagogical uses of learning analytics?
To access LEAD, you must be a Principal Instructor in your Canvas Course. Navigate to https://go.wisc.edu/LEAD. You will be able to log in by following the instructions on the screen.
Once inside LEAD you will have access to a home page and three visualization pages.
Before clicking on the visualization pages, please review the Official Data Definitions for the Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard at the end of this document. Those definitions explain what LEAD is and describe and define what data you can see in the visualizations.
LEAD uses data from Canvas, Kaltura Mediaspace, and the Unizin Engage eText. This data includes:
- Roster information
- Grade information
- Click-stream (log) data
The data is displayed in different forms in the three visualizations and can be filtered.
Important notes about the data
: Please keep in mind that LEAD data is aggregated from multiple sources that are updated at various frequencies, depending on the tool. Data can take up to three days to appear in LEAD. While visualizations are not showing information from the current day, they still provide a unique view and early insights into engagement trends and student activity.
- Canvas Discussions and Quizzes count every click a student makes as a page view.
- For Canvas Assignments, Collaborations, Grades, LEAD tracks when students are accessing all of these Canvas components from links throughout the course, or from the left navigation bar.
- For Canvas Announcements, Modules, and Pages LEAD only counts when students click on the link in the navigation bar. All clicks within Announcements actually show up under Canvas Discussions in LEAD.
- All clicks within pages created in Canvas show up under Wiki Pages in LEAD and all clicks within Modules show up in the appropriate place (i.e. if a student clicks into a Discussion from Modules, that click or view will show up in Discussion. Same for Quizzes, Assignments, Wiki Pages etc.)
- Kaltura Mediaspace counts anytime a student clicks on a Kaltura video embedded in Canvas through the Canvas-Kaltura integration. It does not count when a student clicks on a Kaltura video embedded in a Canvas course using an embed code.
- Unizin Engage eText counts anytime a student loads or reloads a Unizin Engage eText page. Unizin Engage eText data does not include any data generated by publisher Digital Learning Tools such as Cengage Mindtap or MacMillan Launchpad.
- Please see the Official Data Definitions for the Learner Engagement Dashboard at the end of this document for more information on the data in the LEAD tool.
There are five filters that you can apply to your LEAD visualizations:
- Select Date: Allows you to look at data within a specified date range. Make sure to open the calendar and select today's date in order to view the most recent data. (If you click on the start or end date, you will get a little calendar icon as seen in the screenshot below. The calendar icon makes it easier to select a date.)
- Select Course Name: Allows you to filter the data by course, if you have more than one course in the dashboard.
- Select Main Activity Type. Allows you to filter by Canvas, Kaltura Video, and Unizin Engage eText Activity Type. The Canvas Activity Types include Announcements, Assignments, Collaborations, Discussions, Grades, Modules, Pages, Quizzes, and Wiki Pages. You can also filter by Engage eText and Kaltura Video. See the Official Data Definitions at the bottom of this page for definitions of the Canvas Activity Types.
- Select Name of Activity: Allows you to filter by specific named items or pages within Canvas. (i.e. a specific Quiz, Assignment or Wiki Page)
- Select Student Name: Allows you to filter the data by student(s).
The five filters apply to all three visualizations simultaneously. When you set the filters on one visualization, they will persist as you navigate to other LEAD visualizations. More information about working with filters in Tableau can be found in the How to Use a Tableau Visualization guide.
Remember that after you change a filter, you must click the Apply button before the change will take effect.
The Home Page contains a brief description of LEAD as well as links to all the other pages and functional descriptions of the icons in the visualizations. Please note that you can also navigate to any page in LEAD by selecting the tabs at the top of the page.
Page Views by Date and Hour
This visualization shows you a heat map of when your students are accessing your course in Canvas. On the left you can filter the data by Date, Student(s), Activity Type (eg Canvas Quizzes), and Specific Activity (eg Week One Quiz). So if you would like to know when your students generally take a quiz in Canvas, you can set the date range for the whole semester, select All students and select Quizzes. You can also narrow your filters to a specific quiz (by date or by Name of Activity), and a specific student (or set of students).
The darker red an hour block is, the more times that course activity has been accessed at that time of day, for the date range you selected. It will show access to the course across all Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, etc for the date range. Whatever the highest number of accesses in a given hour will be the darkest red and the visualization will adjust the shading on the other cells accordingly. You can also hover over any cell and see the exact number of pages accessed for that specific block of time.
The darker red an hour block is, the more times that Canvas activity has been accessed at that time of day for the date range you selected. Whatever the highest number of accesses in a given hour is will be the darkest red and the visualization will adjust the shading on the other cells accordingly. You can also hover over any cell and see the exact number of pages accessed for that specific block of time.
Grades by Page Views
This scatterplot visualization is a comparison of students' grades and the total number of pages they have viewed in your Canvas course. The higher up on the y-axis a student is, the higher their grade is in your course (according to the Canvas Gradebook). The further to the right along the x-axis, the more pages a student has viewed in Canvas.
The visualization also draws a trend line for your whole course comparing grades to page views. While there is usually a general, course-wide relationship between grades and page views, individual students may be outliers to this trend. As with any comparison, the relationship between grades and page views should not be viewed as determinative for any individual student.
This visualization may help when:
- Identifying student "outliers" and using this information as part of a broader discussion to determine whether they may need an intervention or more support
- Gathering more information about Canvas usage behaviors for students who seem to be struggling in your course
Page Views by Activity Type
This visualization allows you to see how many times your students are accessing the various activity types in your course. You can use filters to drill-down and see how much a specific piece of content in your course is being accessed, and who is accessing it. This visualization can also give you a sense for how many students and which students are accessing specific pieces of content in your course. For example, you can select Canvas Assignments from Main Activity Type, and then select one specific assignment (eg. Week 1 Assignment) from Name of Activity to see how many times students in your course clicked on that specific assignment; you can also filter by student to see which students accessed a specific item.