Everyone tab shows your class rooster, while the Group tabs will allow you to create Group Sets to place your class into project groups, be sure to name the groups very specifically and include course id.

People is the course roster of enrollments. Students are automatically enrolled in Canvas courses when they register for courses through BannerWeb. Instructors cannot add or remove students in a Canvas course.

people roster
  1. Name—the user's name
  2. Section—may be enrolled in more than one section
  3. Role—if the user was assigned a custom role, currently only the base role is displayed
  4. Last Activity—displays the date and time of a user's most recent interaction in the course. This time stamp updates when a user navigates through the course using the Course Navigation menu, replies to a discussion or submits an assignment or quiz, and when they access course files and pages. Please note that Last Activity does not include mobile interactions or group participation.
  5. Total Activity—allows you to see how long students interact within a course and counts page navigation only. Total activity time is displayed in hours:minutes:seconds. If a user has not yet reached an hour of activity, total activity time is displayed as minutes:seconds. Total Activity records any time spent viewing course content that exceeds two minutes. If the time between a new activity and the last completed activity is under ten minutes, all time between these two events will also be included. Total Activity does not include group activity or page views for videos that do not include intermediate page requests, such as a half-hour recorded lecture. To view specific page views for a student, view the student's course access report.

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Student Overview

student overview
  1. Profile picture: View the student's profile picture. A picture may not be available if the student has not added a profile picture. You can also click the picture to access the student's user details page.
  2. Student name: Click to access the student’s user profile page. You can access additional information including the student's access report, interactions report, and outcomes report.
  3. Course name and section: View the name of the course and section.
  4. Last login: View the student's last Canvas login. This field does not display if the student has never logged in. If the login was on the current date, the card only displays the time. If the login was within the current week, the card displays the day of the week. Any later logins display the full date.
  5. Grades button: Click to access the student’s grades page.
  6. Analytics button: Click to access the student’s analytics page.
  7. Mail icon: Click to send a message directly to the student.

Grades and Activity Overview

grades overview

The grading section gives an overview of the student's course grade.

  1. The student's current grade displays as shown in the Gradebook according to grading schema. Please note that currently this grade does not adjust for any muted assignments in the Gradebook.
  2. Shows the number of missing assignments. Missing assignments are based on course analytics data, which generates data for online submission assignments in Canvas. For submissions not submitted online, assignment calculations may not be entirely accurate as they are attempted based on the assignment’s grade and when the assignment was graded.
  3. Shows the number of late assignments. Late assignments are based on assignment due date.
  4. In the Last Graded Items section, you can view a maximum of the student's last 10 recently. graded assignments along with the assignment’s grade, shown according to grading scheme.
  5. To view the name of an assignment, hover over a graded item. To view submission details for the assignment, click the graded item.

The activity section provides an overview of the student's participation compared to other students in the course. It is not meant to be an exact comparison and is based on the standard deviation of the student's participation and page views in the course.

  1. Participation: The activity level is indicated by stars that represent no participation, low participation, moderate participation, and high participation.
  2. Page Views: Students with no page views receive zero stars. Students whose participation falls in the lowest quartile of course activity receive one star. Students whose participation falls in the middle two quartiles receive two stars. Students whose participation falls in the top quartile receive three stars.
  • Go to Course Navigation
  • Select People
  • The Everyone tab displays name, last activity (date and time), and Total Activity (hours, minutes, and seconds)

Canvas Activity

Course Access Report

Although not available within Canvas, If you want to access report for the entire course, the below link can walk you through how to use an add-in script to obtain the access report for an entire course.
Obtaining and Using Access Report Data for an Entire Course

Group sets house the different groups within a course. Canvas has two types of groups: student groups and group sets. Student groups can be created by either an instructor or a student and are self-organized by students. Group sets are groups that you create to use for graded assignments. 

Before you can start adding students into groups you need to set up a group set.

In Course Navigation, click the People link.

Click the Add Group Set button.

group set

  1. Name the new group by typing it in the Group Set Name field
  2. You can allow self sign-ups by selecting the Allow self sign-up checkbox
  3. You can automatically split the groups in a number of equal groups by clicking the Split students into [number] groups radio button and then typing the number of groups in the dialog box.
  4. You can manually create the groups by clicking on the I'll create groups manually radio button.
  5. Click the Save button

Once the group set is created you'll then:

group add

  1. Click the Add Group button to create your groups. You can create as many groups as you need.
  2. Name the group by typing in the Group Name field
  3. If you want to limit groups to a specific size, enter the maximum number of group members in the Limit groups to field
  4. Click the Save button