Archives—February 2016

Instructure implements Enhancements to Analytics Graphs

 

Analytics

Graph Enhancements

Account, course, and user analytics graphs have been improved for accessibility and readability; changes do not affect current functionality.

The Activity by Date graphs show the number of page views and participation activity by date. The graphs have been changed to display light and dark bars for contrast instead of bars with similar brightness. Specific participations and page views can be viewed by hovering over the date.

In the Courses page, all explanatory text that was shown to the left side of each graph has been replaced with a summary key directly above the graph. Additionally, because the page includes breadcrumb text, the course name at the top of the page has also been removed for redundancy.

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The Submissions graphs use different colors and shapes to distinguish missing, late, and on-time assignment submissions. Specific percentages for each submission status can be viewed by hovering over the assignment. The Courses page shows submissions for all students; the users page shows the submissions for each individual student, as well as future assignments that are not due yet.

Courses Page

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Users Page

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The Grades graphs have a more simplified Y axis with fewer point lines only displayed on the left side of the graph. The percentile color has also been updated for better accessibility contrast. The users page shows individual performance for each and whether the student received a good, fair, or poor grade.

Courses Page

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 Users Page

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In the Courses page, the individual student graph at the end of the page has been replaced with numerical data. Submission data is identified individually as the number of assignments that were on time, late, or missing. Data also includes the student’s current score in the course. The page views, participations, and current score columns can be filtered in ascending or descending order.

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Early Term Course Surveys in Canvas

Both the Provost and the University Senate (policy 505.1) advocate distributing an early term survey during the fourth or fifth week of the term to direct and improve instruction. This anonymous survey has traditionally been done on paper during class time, but it can also be done using Canvas.  Using Canvas saves class time, provides more legible feedback, and allows faculty to quickly see survey results and statistics.

The senate policy suggests two free response questions: “What about this course, or my teaching, is helping you to learn?” and “What could I change about this course, or my teaching, that would improve your learning?” Spring 2016 Canvas Courses contain a sample Early Term Survey for faculty to use as is, or modify and use. All you would have to do is publish the survey if you would like to use it as is. You can watch an eLearning screencast and look over the Canvas Instructor Guide’s Quizzes Chapter on our Early Term Surveys Canvas page, and faculty can stop by eLearning walk-in hours for help building surveys and quizzes in Canvas.

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Canvas Assignment Group Totals are hidden along with Total Column

Your new, unedited Canvas courses created automatically each semester came by default with the option to “Hide totals in student grades summary” checked or enabled. This removed the scores in the Total column in your Canvas grade book from being displayed in previous semesters unless and until you, as the instructor of your course, chose to uncheck and disable this option so your students could see scores from your Total column.

“Hide totals in student grades summary” is still checked by default, but since a new product release initiated by Instructure in early January, having it checked also hides your Assignment Group column totals as well. Course instructors can view this option, along with others they may wish to know about and possibly modify, by clicking on Settings from their course navigation menu, and then the more options link at the bottom of their Course Details page. You can view more detailed directions at “How do I manage More Options in the Course Details tab?

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