Learning Analytics can indicate what is working and what is not at a much finer level of granularity than ever before, even while a course is in progress. Such insight into course interactions is key to supporting an evidence based evaluation of course learning design.
Learning Analytics captures the digital footprints generated by learners, making it possible to observe progress at specific stages and in specific activities of a course. Instructors can find a number of user interface buttons/icons for easy access to these data.
1. Course Analytics:
In ‘View Course Analytics’:
- Activity by Date allows the instructor to see the cohort page views and participations in the course.
- Submissions allows the instructor to view the percentage of students who submit assignments on-time, late or not at all.
- Marks uses a box and whisker plot to show the distribution of grades in each assignment.
The table at the bottom shows page views, participations, assignments, and current score for every student in the course.
2. Student Analytics:
From the ‘Course Analytics’ or the ‘People’ pages, an instructor can select an individual student to view their analytics.
- Activity by Date shows the course activities (page views and participation) for the student.
- Communication shows the conversations that have taken place between the student and instructor(s) in the Canvas Inbox
- Submissions shows the timeliness and score for each submission by the student.
- Marks shows the cohort median, 25th-75th Percentiles, high and low scores as well as the student’s score for each assignment.
- Student Access Report shows the number of times a student viewed or participated in particular content.
Detailed analyses of quiz questions and students attempts are available in ‘Quiz Analytics’.
- Quiz Summary shows the quiz average, high and low scores, standard deviation, and the average time of completion for the cohort, filterable by section.
- Question Breakdown shows the number, percentage and identity of students who selected each of the possible answers to a question.
- Discrimination Index identifies how well individual questions correlate with student grades for the whole quiz.
- Student Analysis shows students’ responses to each question in the quiz, the number of correct and incorrect answers and their total score.
- Item Analysis shows detailed statistics on the responses to each question in the quiz.
4. Student Context:
Student Context cards provide a simplified overview of a student’s progress in the course, relating to submissions, page views and participation. They appear to the right of the screen when you click on a student’s name in either the ‘Marks’ or ‘People’ pages.
5. Student Grades
Instructors can view individual student grades via the ‘Marks’ page or the Student Context card. It shows the name, due date, score and points possible for each assignment as well as a summary at the bottom.
6. Access Report
Individual student Access Reports list each modules/file that a student has visited, the number of times it has been viewed and participated in, and the time it was last viewed.
7. LMS Analytics (LTI)
LMS Analytics is a tool that creates a list of content in the course and the number of views and participations for each item with sorting and search functionality. The data contained is an aggregation of the student Access Reports and counts the numbers of students who have and have not viewed or participated in each piece of course content.
Marziah Zarazillah is a Project Officer at the University of Adelaide
Daniel Barry is a Data Analyst at the University of Adelaide