Canvas (myCourses): Using Course Data for Academic Integrity Concerns


This article describes how an instructor would obtain course data when there are questions or concerns about academic integrity. 

Important Note: Canvas course data alone cannot imply or confirm student dishonesty or intent. The data should not be used directly to implicate a student in wrongdoing.


Obtaining Canvas Course Data

There are several locations where you can locate course data depending on whether an assignment, discussion, or quiz was made available to students. 

Course Analytics

Course analytics will show you activity by date, assignment submission information, and the ability to view grades over time. This feature will help you investigate concerns with a student accessing the course or questions about whether assignments have been submitted.

Quiz Analytics Log

All Canvas quizzes provide a log of activity that happened during an attempt. This feature is designed to help you investigate problems that a student may have in the quiz.

Interpreting Course Data

Teaching & Learning Technologies does not provide course data interpretation for academic integrity concerns. Faculty are required to perform their own analysis of the course data available to them, which is the same data that Canvas administrators have available to them. Here are some key notes:

  1. The data that is visible to you as an instructor is the same data available on the backend of Canvas to administrators.
  2. Data may show that two or more students are on the same IP address. This is not indicative of a cheating situation as an IP address can be shared by many users, especially when students are in a computer lab or even a shared living situation like a dorm.

If you continue to have academic integrity concerns, please refer to our Best Practice for Online Assessment knowledgebase article to learn more about best practices for designing and developing your online assessments.

Need additional help?

Please use this link to the ET&S Help Desk team to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request. 


Article ID: 3206
Mon 12/14/20 8:40 AM
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Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)