Tracking and Reporting Student Progress in Canvas

Canvas is a versatile and dynamic learning management system that provides robust tools to track and report student progress, ensuring both educators and learners stay informed and engaged. It’s a platform that not only empowers educators to keep a watchful eye on their students’ academic journeys but also provides learners with valuable insights into their own development. Canvas is not just an LMS; it’s a tool for nurturing student success. Here are the key features that empower this process.

Efficiently Track and Report Student Progress with These Canvas Features

Canvas Catalog: Get Insight Into Students’ Course Progress

Canvas Catalog extends the tracking capabilities to non-traditional courses. It offers insights into students’ online course performance. Students can also track their own progress across the courses they are enrolled in. It allows users to view program details, program length, prerequisites, and produces a transcript of earned credits and grades. Upon course completion, students may be awarded with digital certificates as tangible marker of their progress.

Structured Learning Path via Modules

Canvas allows instructors to structure their courses into modules, creating a logical flow of content. Teachers can create prerequisites, ensuring students complete specific requirements in sequential order, before advancing to the next module. This feature is particularly useful in self-paced studies. Students can complete some requirements by marking items as done, viewing content, or contributing to pages. These simple actions can help gauge engagement, track student’s progress, as well as easily monitor completion.

Simplified Grade Management with Gradebook

Canvas’s Gradebook is a robust tool that simplifies grade management for educators while giving valuable insights. Gradebook allows Teachers to effortlessly download and upload grades to keep track of students’ performance. It also offers various versatile viewing options such as inspection and assessment per individual student, or traditional grid view which allows Teachers to review all assignments in column format. It can also import, export, and filter grades – enhancing the efficiency in the grading process. Lastly, teachers can use the Learning Mastery view with reports that can also be exported.

Streamline Grading with Speed Grader

The Speed Grader tool streamlines grading, allowing teachers to grade efficiently and sort assignments by various criteria. Teachers can tag student submissions for better organization as Late, Missing or Excused; as well as sort by section, student name, submission date, or status (Needs to Submit, No Grades Yet) ensuring a well-organized grading process. Teachers can also facilitate transparency by hiding the student names while checking. If a Rubric is attached, instructors can simply open a side-by-side view of the criteria, choose the rating, and Speed Grader will automatically compute the total.

Communicate Assignment Expectations with Rubrics

Rubrics in Canvas provide clarity regarding assignment expectations and scoring submissions consistently — ensuring fair and transparent grading process. Instructors can create various rubrics with multiple criteria, ratings, and points. These rubrics can be associated with assignments, discussions, or quizzes. Canvas also enables the creation of non-scoring rubrics for assessment-based and outcome-based grading without points.

Measure Pedagogical Goals with Outcomes Mastery

Canvas allows educators to set up outcomes measured by holistic pedagogical goals or desired objectives. Instructors can add Outcomes as criteria items in rubrics, ensuring alignment with institutional goals. This approach shifts the focus from grades as their measure of success and emphasizes skill and activity mastery over traditional grading methods. Outcomes and Outcomes Groups can be computed using various calculation methods and direct progress measurement through the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

Track Student Progress on Multimedia Assignments with Canvas Studio

Canvas Studio is a media-rich platform for tracking student engagement with multimedia content. Instructors can monitor in-progress tasks, the number of attempts students make, and the time spent on each task. Real-time feedback is available, with students able to view the correct answers with explanations, their scores and number of attempts, enhancing transparency in their learning process.

Innovative Ways to Provide Student Feedback

Canvas goes beyond the conventional by allowing instructors to utilize various reply formats to assignments and submissions via text, audio, video, or even emojis. This multi-faceted approach empowers the teachers to provide personalized and detailed explanations. Students can also reply to these comments, fostering effective communication and feedback. Moreover, Canvas complements this feature with a comment library to save time and provide consistency, which also comes with a function that offers helpful suggestions while grading to avoid repetitive comments.

Product Highlights

Canvas Catalog

Track Student progress in the courses they are enrolled in

Structured Modules

Ensure logical content flow and completion of requirements


Simplified grading process and student assessment

Speed Grader

Grade efficiently, tag, sort, and organize submissions


Set assignment quality expectations with criteria

Outcomes Mastery

Focus on skills mastery over traditional grading methods

Video Quiz Engagement

Check attempts, in-progress tasks, provide instant feedback

Innovative Feedback

Personalize feedback via video, text, audio, or emojis

Comment Library

Create a repository of comments and save time

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