Course Activity Report
The Course Activity report helps you understand how well your students are performing and how much they are interacting with your course. All roles with the privilege to view grades can access the Course Activity report. Turn on the Overall Grade feature to enhance your experience with the Course Activity report. You can:
- Identify struggling students based on their overall grade, the number of hours they spend in your course, and the number of days since their last access
- Message students who are falling behind and encourage them to increase their course activity
- Congratulate students performing well in your course and ask them to be mentors
- Customize your course alerts to identify struggling students when their overall grade drops below a specific value or they haven't accessed the course for a certain number of days
- Download the table view to a CSV (comma-separated values) file to analyze the data with other tools
- Download the scatter plot as a PDF or image to share information with other instructors or mentors of the course
Note: The Overall Grade in Learn Ultra or Learn Ultra Course View is called External Grade in Learn Original.
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Access the Course Activity report
Select Course Activity in your course's Analytics tab.
You can also access the report in the Grades section of the base navigation. Select the pie chart button next to a course.
After students have interacted with the course and the report has data to display, you can use the table view.
You might see the table differently depending on settings, student activity in the course, and the data gathered in the course. The table has four columns:
- Student: Student's first and last name. Additional student information is shown if available: accommodations, additional name, name pronunciation recording, pronunciation description, pronouns, and Student ID.
- Overall Grade: A student's overall grade in the course. If the overall grade column is not turned on or if there is no graded material, this column won't display information. This column is updated every 24 hours in the early morning, so the overall grade in the report might not match what is currently in the Gradebook.
- Hours in Course: Number of hours a student has been active in your course. Hours in course are counted from the time students select something within the course to when students select something outside the course. If a student is logged out from their course session, only the time before their last action within the course is counted. This column is updated every 24 hours in the early morning.
- Days of Inactivity: Counts the days since a student last accessed a course. Each time a student accesses the course, the count of days of inactivity changes to 0.
When there are no students enrolled in the course or for courses with more than 1000 students, no data displays.
- You can choose students and send them messages by selecting the Send message button. When you send a message to multiple students, each student will receive an individual message and will not know which other students were included.
- Select the Download button to download the table as a CSV. The exported file contains the following columns:
- Last Name
- First Name
- Student ID
- Overall Grade
- Overall Grade Alert
- Hours in Course
- Last Access Date
- Days of Inactivity
- Days Since Last Access Alert
- Select a student on the table to bring up the Student Overview to check the student’s additional information, grades, progress, and more. Visit the "Student Overview" topic for more information.
The scatter plot's Y axis represents the students' overall grades and the scatter plot's X axis represents the students' number of hours in the course. You have a broad view of your students' performance in relation to each other and their activity levels. The data shown is updated every 24 hours in the early morning. You can access the scatter plot through the Course Activity tab or by selecting an alert notification on your activity stream.
Note: The scatter plot is not compatible with screenreaders.
Each dot represents a student. Students who spend more hours in the course tend to have higher grades. You can:
- Zoom in or out by selecting the + and – icons at the top right. To focus on a specific region, select somewhere on the chart and drag to zoom in.
- Identify visually odd trends, such as students with low grades who are spending a lot of time in the course or high performing students.
- Select a dot to display the student's name, overall grade, hours in course, days of inactivity, and alerts. Hours in course are counted from the time students select something within the course to when students select something outside the course. If a student is logged out from their course session, only the time before their last action within the course is counted.
- Purple dots indicate students with at least one alert. An alerts section displays the applicable alerts for the student.
- Select View Details to bring up the student's activity details report to check the student's progress on a weekly basis. Visit the "Student Activity Details Report" topic for more information.
- Select the Download button to download the scatter plot as a PDF or image file. The scatter plot can be shared with other instructors, academic staff, or mentors of the class.
When there are no students enrolled in the course, if the Overall Grade feature is not turned on, or for courses with more than 1000 students, the scatter plot is not available.
You can customize your alerts to fit your teaching style on the Course Activity report:
- Select Alert Settings on the Course Activity report to open the alert settings panel.
- You can also adjust alerts in the Student Performance section of the Gradebook settings. Open the settings panel by selecting the Settings button at the top of the Gradebook.
You'll receive activity stream notifications based on your settings:
- If a student hasn't accessed the course in a certain number of days
- When a student's overall grade drops below a certain percentage
Alerts for inactivity are set to five days of student inactivity by default, but you can adjust alerts for each course. Alerts for overall grade percentage do not have default settings.
You can turn other kinds of notifications off or on in your activity stream settings. Select or deselect the boxes under Performance alerts to adjust the alerts related to the Course Activity report. The checkbox to the left of Performance alerts applies your settings to all notifications. Open this panel by selecting the Settings button at the top of the activity stream page.
Performance alerts include:
- If activity data is available, identify those who are participating or may need help
- If grade data is available, compare grades with activity levels
- Number falling behind
- Number falling behind and absent
- Number falling behind and failing
- Number falling behind, absent, and failing
Administrators can set up activity stream notifications at the institution level. They can select whether notifications are turned on by default, always on, or always off.
Students with alerts are highlighted with flags in the Course Activity report. You can identify students at risk, even within larger courses.
In the table view, flags are next to students who meet alert conditions you’ve set for overall grade and days since last access. You can hover over a flag to view the alert type.
You can filter the student list by alerts and focus on students who need more attention and message them if needed. There are three filter options:
- All students
- Students with alerts
- Students without alerts
In the CSV download, low overall grade and last access alert columns indicate when a student has an alert.
In the scatter plot, students who have at least one alert are displayed as a purple dot. Select the dot for more information on the student. An alerts section lists all of the alerts the selected student has.
There's a summary of student alerts in your activity stream. You can view how many students have a low overall grade alert and how many students have a last access alert. If you select the notification, you're directed to the Course Activity report. The report is already filtered to students with alerts.
The number of students falling behind includes the number of students who are failing and absent.
- Failing students have a low overall grade alert
- Absent students have a last access alert
For administrators: This feature is available for all courses. There are no configurations needed.