If you’re wondering whether teachers on Canvas can see when you download files, you’re not alone. Maybe your teacher mandated the class to read a file they had attached on Canvas which you may have neglected to do so.
Or maybe you simply downloaded a file on Canvas you weren’t supposed to. Will the teacher be able to see what you downloaded?
Yes, the “Access Report” in Canvas displays all student interactions with content, including pages viewed and downloads, along with the number of times they were viewed or downloaded as well as the exact date and time.
So, if your teacher expects all students to download any particular files from Canvas, they can easily see students who downloaded these files, the time and date they downloaded them, and the number of times.
To better understand what the Access Report logs, let’s take a deep dive into this functionality.
What Is Canvas Access Report
The Canvas Access Report shows a summary of user participation in any particular course. The Access Report shows:
- Content a particular student has viewed
- The number of times the student viewed that particular content (This means the number of times the student has visited that page or link. Note that downloads originate from links so each download is counted)
- The number of times a student participated in discussions by posting, the number of times they opened a test page, submitted an assignment, and visited other relevant pages.
- It also shows the date and time the student visited any page or link.
- It also includes icons for easier identification
This feature is a great companion for teachers looking to track student participation in their courses.
That said, most teachers only check these tools whenever students are mandated to perform certain activities on the platform or to simply ascertain student engagement with any particular content.
Keep in mind that only teachers for each respective course have access to detailed information on their students’ activities on Canvas.
Teachers who do not teach these courses do not have access to relevant features like Canvas’ Access Report feature.
Can Professors See How Long You Are On Canvas
Canvas’ Total Activity column which can be found on the People page shows the total activity duration (how long) and date and time of the last activity for each student. That said, this feature does not provide a breakdown of daily or weekly activity duration.
Canvas’ New Analytics feature also provides additional insight into the online activity of each respective student. This includes course grades and their weekly online activity which includes page views on each respective day.
Alternatively, the Canvas Access Report also shows a summary of user activity in any particular course.
Can Canvas See PDF Downloads And File Views
Let’s take a look at whether Canvas can see when students download files, access PDF files, or simply view them.
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Can Canvas See If You Have A Pdf Open
Canvas’ Access Report logs and displays student activities like page views, downloads, and file access (PDF and other) in addition to the number of times they were accessed and the date and time of the event.
To track student participation, teachers for that course can easily access this feature from their dashboards when necessary.
Can Canvas See If You Download A PDF
Not only does this apply to opening PDF files, but it also applies to downloading these file formats as well.
Canvas’ Access Report feature shows student activities including PDF file downloads, the number of times they were downloaded by each respective student, and the date and time it was downloaded.
The Access Report feature logs any URLs on the platform. Files hosted on the Canvas learning management system and any other platform generally have URLs that show where they’re located.
Canvas’ Access Report logs any downloads and even includes a download icon to differentiate it from other icons. So, teachers can easily identify different logged events by their icons.
Can Instructors See Who Downloaded Files On Canvas
The Access Report feature provides information on the activities of individual students on Canvas. It doesn’t simply report the total events by all students but breaks it down for respective students.
It shows activities students performed on the platform including pages they visited, assignments accessed, quizzes taken, and files they viewed or downloaded.
This is all presented along with the associated icons for instructors to easily identify various activities.
Additionally, the report includes the number of times students performed these activities and the last time they viewed or downloaded these files.
Can Teachers See If You Viewed A File On Canvas
If you’re wondering whether your teacher knows whether you opened the file that contained your assignment, test, or other relevant information on Canvas, you’re not alone.
The truth is that teachers on Canvas can see files students accessed through the Canvas Access Report feature. Not only that, but the feature also shows the number of times each respective student viewed the file and the time and date.
Not only can Canvas track opening files, but it’s also able to track other activities including pages students viewed, assignments, quizzes, and downloads.
This feature helps teachers track student engagement with course content. That said, most teachers only access this feature, when necessary, as the report may log a lot of information depending on student interaction on the platform.
This report is available per student so teachers keen on identifying students who accessed a file would be able to easily identify specific students who may not have opened an assigned file or other.
Can Teachers See If You Read Their Message On Canvas
Imagine sending messages to students only to get the excuse when the deadline has passed from some of them claiming they saw the message late.
It would be great if there was a feature that could help teachers determine students who genuinely hadn’t seen the messages
Unfortunately, Canvas, at the moment, has no functionality that shows whether messages have been read or remain unread by students.
Unless students respond to the teacher’s messages, the teacher has no way of identifying whether they read their messages or not.
The only other option available to teachers is if they can check the Access Report to determine the student’s activity at the time of the message and after.
This will help them determine whether the student was active on Canvas when the message was first sent. If the student had not been online on Canvas after and around the time the message was sent, their excuses may be genuine.
On the other hand, if the student happened to be online during and after the time the message was sent, the teacher would be able to determine that the student intentionally refused to reply or adhere to the content of the message.
Teachers on Canvas can leverage the Access Report feature to identify student activities on the platform, the number of times those activities were performed, and the last time the activity was performed.
This includes accessing pages on the platform, accessing and submitting an assignment, taking a quiz, and opening and downloading files.