The Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard (LEAD) is a course-level dashboard that provides visualizations of student access to materials in Canvas courses. The LEAD tab named “Page Views by Activity Type” offers bar chart visualizations that show data regarding student access activity by category of activity type or by specific activities.
Note: This document describes a learning analytics approach to help support student success.
The LEAD Page Views by Activity Type data could help offer insight into students access of course materials. This information may be useful to you to find out:
Campus tools such as Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace (video), and Unizin Engage eText are connected to roster information. This provides potential for connecting student identity data with a record of their course access and interaction, such as:
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.
Please review the Official Data Definitions for the Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard at the end of this document that provides an overview of LEAD. Those definitions explain what LEAD is and describe and define what data you can see in the visualizations.
The visualization format is a Bar chart. Horizontal bars represent quantitative data, the lengths of the bars will vary, depending on how many times an activity is accessed. For example the longer bars reflect that student are accessing that content more than the shorter bars.
Depending on the types of content and activity you have in your course, as well as how you have your course setup, you will see different bars and counts displayed here. For example in the screenshot below, the instructor may be using few Discussions, resulting in a relatively low count of page views of this activity type. On the other hand, there is a much higher page view count of Canvas Quizzes indicating more student access to this activity type. The category of Engage E-Text is not present in the visualization, suggesting that this activity type is not used in the course.
The default view is to show the Page View count data for all students in a course, counted from course activities from the start of the semester to within 72 hours* of the current time. This may be good to see general trends of access to the course materials.
If you want to see the Page View counts for a specific piece of content, or for an individual student, you can use the filtering functions on the left of the screen.
*(Note: 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.)
Filtering first by Main Activity Type will help you quickly locate a specific activity (without having to scroll through a list of all your course Announcements, Discussions, Kaltura Videos or other types of content). This example shows the data filtered to a single Kaltura Video activity, and the Page View count has changed.
Consider what student engagement looks like in your course, and what indicators you look for in addition to online access. For example, you may consider quality of work, interactions with classmates, types of questions and comments made.
Wise, Alyssa Friend, and Yeonji Jung. "Teaching with analytics: Towards a situated model of instructional decision-making." Journal of Learning Analytics 6.2 (2019): 53-69.
Data may report that a student has logged in, and accessed a course item, but cannot indicate how a student intellectually engaged with the course.