Canvas Analytics helps identify student participation
The new Canvas Analytics provides tools for tracking student data including grades and weekly online activity. The Analytics tool provides better analytics for tracking student data using interactive charts and tables. Course grade or weekly online activity data can be displayed.
Instructors can track average course grades for submissions. Instructors can filter analytics results to compare the average course grade with a specific section, student, or assignment. If you want to see the details of a particular assignment, click on its data point to display a summary card of detailed metrics for the assignment.
Student activity & participation
Weekly online activity is comprised of page views and participation. Average page views is the approximation of student activity across the course and can be used to identify trends in the course. Average participation analytics are defined by specific actions a student takes in the course with respect to actions such as submitting assignments, posting a discussion reply, or taking a quiz.
Both the course grade and weekly online activity can also be viewed in tabular form.
You can also message students through analytics, just click the Send Message link.
You can send targeted messages to select students who meet specific criteria, and message recipients are automatically populated based on selected criteria and applied filters.
You can also check out this post about the New Canvas Analytics that were added for the Winter term.