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Course Activity Related to Grades

This information applies only to the Ultra experience.

Read your students' minds!

Well, not quite. But student data can help you anticipate and improve your students' grades. In the Course Activity Related to Grades report, also known as learning analytics, you can view how active your students are in your course materials. This activity has been shown to correlate strongly with course outcomes. Students who are active in online course materials are more likely to get high grades.

With this data, you can identify and assist students who are working hard but still struggling. You can encourage students to increase their activity in online course materials to help bolster their grade. And, you can congratulate students whose hard work is paying off!

You can visit the student topic to see how they view this information. Use your browser's back function to return here.

You can access the Course Activity Related to Grades page in two ways and choose your view.

From the activity stream

When the system has enough activity and grade data to display, you'll receive an alert in your activity stream. You might need to wait a couple of days as a certain level of student engagement is needed to trigger this alert initially.

Throughout the semester, you may also receive alerts if students fall behind or are failing. Select the stream alert to view the data.

From the Grades page

In the list where your name appears first, select Grades. On the Grades page, select the cell that displays the average grade in your course. The Course Activity Related to Grades report appears.

If your class enrollment is in the thousands, you likely won't see this data in this release. Likewise, for small classes such as five students or less, you won't see this data. Despite anonymized data, students may be able to identify each other's grades in small classes.

Select your view

On the Understanding Student Data page, select the Chart view or Table view icon to select your view. You can't use the chart view with a screen reader.

Chart view

From your activity stream or your Grades page, you arrive at a scatter plot comparing student activity to grade. You have a broad view of your students' performance in relation to each other and their activity levels.

Y axis: Your students' current grades in your course are represented on the y axis.

X axis: Activity count is based on an evolving algorithm that accounts for clicks and time spent on pages.

Regression line: Our research shows a significant correlation between students’ grades and their level of activity. The regression line represents that correlation and gives you a predicted grade according to activity level.

Zoom in: To zero in on a specific portion of the scatter plot, press and drag to select the region. A translucent rectangle appears over your selection and the screen automatically zooms in. Select Reset Zoom to reset.

Table view

Select the Table view icon to view your data in rows and columns.


Difference from Expected: Gives you an idea of how accurately students' grades reflect their levels of effort. For example, a value of zero indicates that students' grades closely reflect their engagement. A negative value might suggest students are more active in the course than their grades reflect. A positive value might mean students work less often than their grades suggest.

Activity Level: Your students' activity levels are based on an evolving algorithm that accounts for clicks and time spent on pages.

Select students

If you access the course activity data from a stream alert that says "X students are falling behind," those students are automatically selected. You can tell which students are selected because their points are represented in purple, and they're listed in the Selected Students section.

Manage selected students: To select new students, start typing their names in the search bar and select the result. You can also select student names in the My Class section. Select Clear to clear all students or select their points and set the switch to off.

More about an individual: To learn more about specific students, select their points and select View Details or select the arrows next to their names.

More on viewing individual student data

Take action

Download your data. Select the Download options icon to save your data either as an image or PDF.

Make an appointment. Select the Schedule an appointment icon to schedule a meeting or study session with struggling students.

Message students. Select the Send message icon to send a note of encouragement, concern, or congratulations. Your selected students auto-populate as recipients. You can also add other recipients.