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Use New Analytics

Last updated on October 19, 2021

New Analytics is a Canvas tool that allows you to easily analyze various types of course data. You can keep track of average course grades, weekly participation, individual student performance, and more. Use this tool to identify strengths and weaknesses in your course and to communicate with students who are struggling (or thriving!).

Disclaimer: The New Analytics tool updates every 24 hours; you will not be able to see live or immediate results and data.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click New Analytics on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. ClickTab at the top to determine what type of data you will view.
    • Course Grade: View average course grade data. The data show the average grades (y-axis) for various assignments (x-axis) in the course.
    • Weekly Online Activity Tab: View average participation data. The data show the page views and participation data (y-axis) per week (x-axis).
    • Students: View grade and participation data for each individual student.
    • Reports: View assignment status, class roster, and course activity data for each individual student.
  7. Try the following Features:
    • Filter the Data by student or section.
      1. Click the Drop-Down Menu underneath the three tabs.
      2. Type or select a Student, Section, or Assignment to display analytics for.
    • Click the Checkboxes next to the Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes icons to filter by assignment type.
    • Click the Email Icon to message students who fit certain grading criteria.
      1. Click a Tab at the top of the pop-up box.
        • Score Range: message students whose grade falls within a certain range. Enter the range of grades then proceed with the instructions below.
        • Missing: message students with missing assignments.
        • Late: message students with late assignments.
      2. Click the [# of students] next to the pencil icon to edit the list of students you are messaging.
        • Note: If only one student is selected, you will send the message to just that one student.
      3. Type a Title in the Subject Box.
      4. Type additional information in the Message Box.
      5. Click Send.
    • Click the Download CSV button to download the data.
    • Click the More Options Menu (three vertical dots).
      • Choose Data Table to view current grades and other data for each individual student.
      • Choose Display Shapes to differentiate data sets by shape instead of by color.
      • Note: The More Options Menu (three vertical dots) option is not available in the Students tab because the data is formatted as a table.