The Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard (LEAD) is a course-level dashboard that provides visualizations of student access to materials in Canvas courses. The LEAD tab named “Page Views by Activity Type” offers bar chart visualizations that show data regarding student access activity by category of activity type or by specific activities.
Note: This document describes a learning analytics approach to help support student success.
The LEAD Page Views by Activity Type data could help offer insights into students' access of course materials. This information may be useful to you to find out:
Campus tools such as Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace (video/audio/images), and Unizin Engage eText are connected to student roster information. This allows student data to be connected with a record of their course access and interaction, such as:
More information about LEAD is provided in the Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard Overview KB doc, including more details about the data and the official data definitions.
Please note: Unizin’s Engage eReader is now powered by RedShelf. This recent change has temporarily disrupted the data stream that flows into LEAD. Thus, eText user data will not be included in LEAD for the summer sessions and fall 2022 term.
LEAD is currently available for instructors teaching for-credit courses who are enrolled in Canvas as a principal instructor, auxiliary instructor, or supervisory instructor.
Instructors can access LEAD at go.wisc.edu/lead. Follow the instructions on the screen to log in.
Please note: beginning in Fall 2022, all semesters of LEAD can be accessed from this link. You now can select which term you would like to view, from any of the visualization pages.
Once inside LEAD you will have access to a home page and three visualization pages.
For easy access to other learning analytics resources, add the Learning Analytics for Instructors Widget to your MyUW page.
The visualization format is a Bar Chart.
The default view is to show the Page View count data for all students in a course, counted from course activities from the start of the semester to within 5 days of the current time. (LEAD data is aggregated from multiple sources that are updated at various frequencies, depending on the tool.)
This may be good to see general trends of access to the course materials.
If you want to see the Page View counts for a specific piece of content, or for an individual student, you can use the filtering functions on the left of the screen.
If you want to see the data for a particular week, for a category of activity types, for a specific document, or for selected students, you can use the filtering functions available on the left. If you're teaching more than one course this semester, you'll also be able to filter by course name.
You can filter by Main Activity Type. The list in the drop-down will vary depending on how you have your course set up. For example, if you don't use Engage eText or Kaltura Videos, those options will not appear in the Main Activity Type drop-down.
You can drill down to a specific activity using the Name of Activity filter.
Consider what student engagement looks like in your course, and what indicators you look for in addition to online access. For example, you may consider quality of work, interactions with classmates, types of questions and comments made.
Wise, Alyssa Friend, and Yeonji Jung. "Teaching with analytics: Towards a situated model of instructional decision-making." Journal of Learning Analytics 6.2 (2019): 53-69.