E-Learning Blog: Canvas Analytics


Justification, Intervention, and Learning = Canvas Analytics

by Kendi Judy


Canvas provides practical data to instructors that enables them to see how Canvas is being used by their students, in order to monitor course progress and student interactions.

So what exactly can instructors do with Analytics?

Instructors can use Canvas analytics to see aggregated data for all the students enrolled in a course. Some of the options that can be seen are:

  • A bar graph of total pageviews and student participation regarding course content, such as discussion boards, wiki pages and assignment submissions
  • The percentage of students that have turned in assignments (on-time, late, or not at all)
  • Observe student performance on individual assignments
  • Observe trends of procrastination in the course
  • Locate which students are at-risk and need help

In the Canvas user guide, Canvas provides step-by-step instructions on how to navigate and gather the data you need for your course. The data is not only practical but visually pleasing as well. Some examples of course analytics data provided include:

Activity: Each bar represents the number of page views that day.

Canvas Analytics - Activity

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Assignments: Each bar is an assignment, the green indicates percentage of students who submitted the assignment on time, yellow is late and red is missing.

Canvas Analystics - Assignments

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Although course analytics allow instructors to evaluate components of a course and student performance, it is important to keep in mind that:

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

– Kendi


For more information on the Canvas analytics resource,
please view the Canvas Instructor Guide on Analytics.