Canvas - Interpreting Course Access Reports

Note: This document describes a learning analytics approach to help support student success. Students are unique individuals and are more complex than their data - be sure to consider them holistically. Please review UW-Madison Learning Analytics Guiding Principles before continuing in this document.

Instructors can access an aggregated access report in Canvas that tells you how many times students have viewed or participated in a particular content item. This document details the information included in these reports, and some caveats for their use.

    To access Course Access Reports and for technical information, please see Canvas - Exporting Student Course Access and Anonymous Course Access Reports

    To learn more about Canvas, please see Canvas - Overview (UW-Madison)

    What are the Student Course Access and Anonymous Course Access Reports?

    Canvas provides an aggregated access report for all students that tells you how many times students have viewed or participated in a particular content item.

    Information provided by these reports:

    How can you use Course Access Reports?

    The access data is provided in the form of a .csv file. To make the most use of this data, you will benefit from opening and using it in a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel, or an analysis program such as R.

    If you are using a spreadsheet or analysis program, some of the information you may be able to interpret includes:

    Caveats and cautions when using Course Access Reports

    What do you need in order to use this data?

    If you are planning to use this data in your course, you may find it helpful to use naming conventions for your course content that will be meaningful for you when the names are listed in a spreadsheet.

    For example, a page named “Week 3 Pre-class content” may be more useful to you in the data than a page named more cryptically like “badgercontentV2”

    For additional information on learning analytics at UW-Madison, please visit the learning analytics guide, What are the pedagogical uses of learning analytics?